Zuzana 2 155mm 52 caliber SPH

Wheeled 8x8 self-propelled howitzer Slovakia

Zuzana 2 155mm 8x8 wheeled self propelled howitzer Slovakia Slovak army defense industry 925 001

Description

The Zuzana 2 is an upgraded version of the Zuzana 155 mm 45 caliber version of the Dana 152 mm 8x8 self-propelled gun-howitzer designed and manufactured by the Slovak Company Konstrukta – Defence. The Zuzana 2 is armed with a new 155m 52 caliber gun. It has new firing capabilities allowing multiple round simultaneous impact (MRSI) operations. The Zuzana 2 was showed for the first time to the public in May 2013 at IDET defense exhibition in Czech Republic and in May 2014, at IDEB defense exhibition in Bratislava, Slovakia. On December 2018, the Slovak government has approved the purchase of 25 Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers developed by the Company by KONŠTRUKTA-Defence and produced by ZTS – ŠPECIÁL, for a total amount of €175 million.

Zuzana 2 variants:

No variants at this time.


Technical Data

Armament
The main armament of the Zuzana 8x8 wheeled self-propelled howitzer consists of one 155mm/52 caliber gun. This artillery vehicle is fitted with an automatic loading system enables a maximum firing range in automatic mode of 5 rounds per minute or 5 rounds in one minute. It also has the capacity to fire 2 rounds per minute in manual mode. It carries a total of 40 projectiles and charges. Of the 40 charges carried, 30 are in the automatic magazine and 10 in the fixed magazine. Ammunition handling is fully automatic with ramming and loading of projectiles and charges. It has a minimum firing range of 5 km and maximum firing of 41.5 km with ERFB-BB (Extended Range Full Bore – Base Bleed propellant), extended range artillery ammunition. Four smoke grenade dischargers are mounted on each side at the front of the turret. It can fire all standard NATO 155mm ammunition and features both direct and indirect firing capabilities. The turret has a traverse of 360°, but only 60° to fire, with weapon elevation from -3.3 to +70°. In firing position, the vehicle is stabilized by three hydraulic jacks. These are lowered on the ground, one at the rear and one either side between the second and third axles.
Design and protection
The design of the Zuzana 2 8x8 wheeled 155mm self-propelled howitzer is very unique, the artillery weapon system is mounted in a fully enclosed turret mounted on a TATRA 815 8×8 truck chassis with the driver's compartment at the front and the engine compartment at the rear. The front and the side of the drive position are fitted with small bulletproof windows that can be protected with one shutter, vision to the front then being maintained through two vision blocks. There is one small hatch at the right side of the driver position and one circular firing port are provided, one in each side of the driver compartment. The turret is in two parts with the 152 mm ordnance being mounted in the aisle between them. Each half of the turret is fully enclosed and is provided with access doors, roof hatches and vision devices. The hull and the turret provide protection against firing of small arms 12.7mm caliber and artillery shell splinters. The Zuzana 2 has a crew of four including driver, commander, gunner and loader.
Zuzana 2 155mm 8x8 wheeled self propelled howitzer Slovakia Slovak army defense industry details 925 001
Front view of the Zuzana 2 with the driver position 
Mobility
The Zuzana 2 8x8 wheeled 155mm self-propelled howitzer is based on 8x8 truck chassis developed by the Czech Company Tatra. The vehicle is motorized with a TATRA T-3B-928.70 8 cylinders in V turbocharged diesel engine, developing 442 hp coupled to an TATRA gearbox TATRA 10 TS 180. The Zuzana 2 can run at a maximum speed of 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. The Zuzana 2 can cross a vertical obstacle of 0.6 m and trench of 2 m. It can negotiate a grade of 60% and is capable of fording a maximum depth of 1.4 m.
Accessories
Standard equipment of the Zuzana 2 8x8 wheeled 155mm self-propelled howitzer includes an NRBC protection system, air conditioning system, a computerized fire-control system, a land navigation system and a sight with automatic leveling. It also features an onboard Fire Control System (FCS) to enable easy operation with digital maps. It provides target accuracy and computes firing data during loading and firing. It is installed with an inertial navigation system (INS), a muzzle velocity radar and electronic equipment for providing target information. Vehicle is also fitted with a central tire inflation system.

Specifications

Armament Armor
One 155mm/52 caliber gun Protection against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters.
Country users Weight
Slovakia 32,400 kg
Designer Country Speed vehicle
Slovakia 80 km/h
Accessories Range vehicle
Computerized fire control system, NBC protection system, air conditioning system and land navigation system 600 km
Crew Dimensions
4 Length: 14.2 m; Width: 3.02 m; Height: 3.52 m

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