Soltam M-71

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Soltam M-71
A deployed M-71
Type Howitzer
Place of origin Israel
Service history
Used by See users
Production history
Designer Soltam
Designed 1974
Manufacturer Soltam
Produced 1975
Variants Soltam M-68
Weight 9,200 kg (20,300 lb)
Barrel length 6.045 m (19 ft 10 in) L/39
Crew 8

Caliber 155 mm NATO
Breech horizontal block
Carriage split trail
Elevation -5°/75°
Traverse ±20° from centerline
Muzzle velocity 820 m/s (2,700 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 23.5 km (14.6 mi)

The M-71 is a 155 mm 39 calibre towed howitzer manufactured by Soltam, Israel.


The weapon was based on the earlier Soltam M-68 and uses the same recoil system, breech and carriage but had a longer gun barrel (39 calibre versus 33 calibre of M-68). It is fitted with a compressed air-driven rammer to permit rapid and ease of loading at all angles of elevation as well as having a rechargeable battery mounted on the right trail for auxiliary power.[1] It can fire a 43.7 kilograms (96 lb) high-explosive shell up to a maximum range of 23.5 kilometers (14.6 mi) at a muzzle velocity of 820 meters per second (2,700 ft/s).

The Soltam M-71 in travel/towing configuration


In addition to Israel, this weapon is in service with Chile,[2] Singapore,[3] Thailand, South Africa, Slovenia and Myanmar. A version of this weapon was developed to mount on a modified Centurion chassis (M-72), but this vehicle never reached production.


Map of M-71 operators in blue

Current operators[edit]

See also[edit]

  • 155 K 83
  • FH-88
  • Soltam M-68
  • L-39 - An M4 Sherman chassis based self-propelled artillery piece mounting the Soltam M-71 155 mm L/39 howitzer in large enclosed superstructure, design of vehicle did not progress beyond the drawing board.
  • ATMOS 2000


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