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A deployed M-71
|Place of origin||Israel|
|Used by||See users|
|Wars||Yom Kippur War
South African Border War
|Weight||9,200 kg (20,300 lb)|
|Barrel length||6.045 m (19 ft 10 in) L/39|
|Caliber||155 mm NATO|
|Traverse||±20° from centerline|
|Muzzle velocity||820 m/s (2,700 ft/s)|
|Maximum firing range||23.5 km (14.6 mi)|
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. 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).
In addition to Israel, this weapon is in service with Chile, Singapore, 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.
- Burma: 16
- Chile: 36
- Philippines: 24(10 for the Marines and 14 for the Army)
- Singapore: 13 or 38
- South Africa: 32; designated G-4.
- Thailand: 32
- Slovenia: 18; M839 variant.
- 155 K 83
- 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.
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- G6 L45 self-propelled towed gun-howitzer
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