Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50

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Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50
Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 in Beyt ha-Totchan Museum, Zikhron Ya'akov.
Type Field Howitzer
Place of origin France
Service history
In service 1950-1990s
Used by See Operators
Weight 8,100 kg (17,857 lbs)
Length 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)[1]
Barrel length 4.65 m (15 ft 3 in) L/30
Width 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)[1]
Height 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)[1]
Crew 11[1]

Shell Separate loading charge and projectile[1]
Caliber 155 mm (6.1 in)
Breech interrupted screw
Recoil Hydro-pneumatic[1]
Carriage Split trail
Elevation -4°/69°
Traverse 80°
Rate of fire 3-4 rpm[1]
Muzzle velocity 650 m/s (2,133 ft/s)
Effective firing range 18,000 m (19,685 yd)
Maximum firing range 23,300 m (25,481 yd)

Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 was a French 155 mm 30 calibre howitzer introduced in 1952.[2] The first French artillery designed since World War II, it was manufactured in both France and under license in Sweden for the Swedish armed forces. The Model 50 was replaced in French service during the 1980s by the TRF1.[2]


The Model 50 has a split trail, large slotted muzzle-brake, four-wheeled bogie and a retractable firing pedestal beneath the axles.


IDF M-50 155 mm self-propelled howitzer

See also[edit]

  • M-50 155 mm - An M4 Sherman chassis based self-propelled artillery piece mounting the Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 155 mm L/30 howitzer in large enclosed superstructure.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Foss, Christopher (1977). Jane's pocket book of towed artillery. New York: Collier. p. 121. ISBN 0020806000. OCLC 911907988.
  2. ^ a b c d Kinard, Jeff. Artillery: An Illustrated History of Its Impact (2007 ed.). ABC-CLIO Publishers. pp. 301–303. ISBN 978-1-85109-561-2.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Trade Registers". Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  4. ^ Jane's Armour and Artillery, 2002, Volume 23 p. 727.

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