Soltam M-71

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Soltam M-71
M-71-cannon-deployed.JPG
A deployed M-71
TypeHowitzer
Place of originIsrael
Service history
Used bySee users
WarsYom Kippur War
South African Border War
Production history
DesignerSoltam Systems
Designed1974
ManufacturerSoltam
Produced1975[1]
VariantsSoltam M-68
Specifications
Mass9,200 kg (20,300 lb)
Barrel length6.045 m (19 ft 10 in) L/39
Crew8

Caliber155 mm NATO
Breechhorizontal-block
CarriageSplit trail
Elevation-5°/75°
Traverse±20° from centerline
Muzzle velocity820 m/s (2,700 ft/s)
Maximum firing range23.5 km (14.6 mi)

The M-71 is a 155 mm 39 caliber towed howitzer manufactured by Israeli company Soltam Systems.

Design[edit]

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 easy loading at all angles of elevation as well as having a rechargeable battery mounted on the right trail for auxiliary power.[2] 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

Deployment[edit]

In addition to Israel, this weapon is in service with Chile,[3] Singapore,[4] 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.

Operators[edit]

Map of M-71 operators in blue

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kinard, Jeff. Artillery: An Illustrated History of Its Impact (2007 ed.). ABC-CLIO Publishers. pp. 301–302. ISBN 978-1-85109-561-2.
  2. ^ "Soltam Systems 155 mm M-71 gun-howitzer (Israel)". Jane's Armour and Artillery.
  3. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/m-68.htm
  4. ^ "Singapore artillery pieces". United States, Library Of Congress.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Trade Registers". Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  6. ^ Solmerin, Florante (23 June 2013). "Army eyes hi-tech mounted artillery". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  7. ^ a b "PHL military gets 3 brand-new 155-mm howitzers, 9 more en route". Philippine News Agency. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.frstrategie.org/publications/defense-et-industries/st-kinetics-ou-les-ambitions-de-singapour-dans-l-armement-7-5
  9. ^ G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer
  10. ^ http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29364:botswana&catid=119:african-militaries&Itemid=255

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