AirShow China 2018: New SH15 155mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer

Chinese Defense Company China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (NORINCO) unveils the SH15, a new 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer during AirShow China 2018, the International Aerospace and Aviation Exhibition that was held in Zhuhai, China.

New NORINCO SH15 155mm 8x8 wheeled self propelled howitzer AirShow China 2018 Zhuhai 925 001
Chinese-made SH15 155mm wheeled 8x8 self-propelled howitzer at AirShow China 2018, Zhuihai. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The SH15 uses 6x6 wheeled Shaanxi truck chassis with an armored cabin at the front and one 155 mm gun-howitzer mounted at the rear of the truck. These new howitzer is protected against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The crew cab has two large bulletproof windows at the front and there are two doors on each side.

According to NORINCO, this artillery system is based on the AH-2 155 mm/L52 howitzer which is able to fire all standard 155 mm NATO ammunition, as well as Chinese-made ammunition developed by NORINCO.

The 155mm howitzer mounted at the rear of the SH15 uses a semi-automatic loading system. The 155 mm 52 caliber ordnance is fitted with a double baffle muzzle brake and when travelling the ordnance is held in position by a clamp, located to the immediate rear of the cab, which is operated by remote control. When the SH15 is deployed in the firing position two large spades are lowered at the rear to provide a more stable firing platform.

The SH15 has a maximum firing range of 20 km with standard ammunition and 53 km with 53 km with a rocket-assisted artillery projectile. This artillery vehicle can be operated by a crew of five. According to some military sources, the vehicle will have a maximum weight of 22 tons.

The SH15 has a maximum rate of around 4-6 rounds per minute. On each side of the truck chassis, there are storage boxes to carried charges and ammunition. Elevation and traverse is hydraulic with manual controls being provided as a back-up. The SH15 can be used to perform indirect and direct firing.

New NORINCO SH15 155mm 8x8 wheeled self propelled howitzer AirShow China 2018 Zhuhai 925 002

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