Artillery vehicle

China unveiled 155mm artillery with GPS-guided projectiles

RIYADH, ($1 = 3.75 Saudi Riyal) — Saudi Arabia has a 155 mm PLZ45A4 self-propelled howitzer developed to order by the Chinese company Norinco. At the current World Defense Show 2022, the company presented this custom self-propelled howitzer.

155mm PLZ45A4 is already in service with the Kingdom’s ground forces. Moreover, there is evidence that Riyadh used the capabilities and striking power of artillery [PLZ45] in 2015 to attack Yemeni Hutus. Sources claim that there is a photo published on the Internet, which proves the use of the self-propelled howitzer by the Saudis.

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PLZ45A4 is an updated version of the old version PLZ45. According to information from sources at the exhibition, the new version of the howitzer has a new and improved turret design. The manufacturer claims that the new howitzer has an improved built-in weapon system, a new fire control system, a new radar and, because it is suitable for use in desert conditions, d special protection against wind and sand. Norinco says the PLZ45A4 already works with a new integrated automatic transmission.

In terms of firepower, the PLZ45A4 follows the current PLZ45 line. The 155 mm gun self-propelled howitzer fires the following types of projectiles: HE at a distance of 24 km; ERFB at a distance of 30km; ERFB-HB-BB at a distance of 39km. The howitzer can fire at a distance of more than 50 km using 155 mm GPS-guided projectiles.

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At maximum gun load, artillery can fire up to 5 shells per minute, while in normal steady state it fires up to two shells per minute. The vehicle uses a semi-automatic loading system with 24 rounds ready to fire.

The PLZ45A4 travels at a maximum speed of 55 km and can travel a distance of 550 km when refueling. According to reports from Saudi Arabia, in 2022 the Kingdom’s ground forces are planning tests to show the effectiveness and capability of the self-propelled howitzer presented at the exhibition.


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