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Rheinmetall is preparing a new 155 mm self-propelled artillery system

through Christopher Foss

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX3 seen fitted with a full-scale mock-up of its new remote-controlled turret armed with 155mm/60 caliber ammunition in traveling configuration. (Rheinmetall)

Rheinmetall is using internal funding to develop a new 155mm wheeled self-propelled artillery (SP) system to meet potential domestic and export market requirements.

The first prototype is under construction and should be ready for test firing at Rheinmetall’s proving ground in late 2022 or early 2023, according to a company official.

The company showcased a full-scale mock-up of the artillery system based on the latest Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX3 10×10 off-road truck at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London. The HX3 platform is the long-term replacement for the HX2 which is manufactured in Vienna, Austria.

This has enabled the company to offer potential customers a complete family of 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 10×10 off-road trucks, which share common components and reduce cycle costs. life.

“More than 15,000 HX-series vehicles are now in service worldwide,” Rheinmetall said in a statement. It is expected that the HX3 will replace the HX2 in place during the period 2024-2025.

The maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the HX3 10×10 is estimated at 50,000 kg, with the 155 mm artillery system having a typical GVW of 45,000 kg, with room for further growth.

A fully enclosed and armored crew compartment is located at the front of the chassis with power steering on the first, second and last wheel stations. A central tire inflation system is installed allowing the driver to adjust tire pressure according to the terrain being traversed.

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