Pakistan military officially unveils nuclear-capable Howitzer, says report

Nuclear shelling machine SH-15 self propelled Howitzer. [Photo:]

The Pakistan army on Wednesday showcased the multi-dimensional capabilities and highlighted key inductions including nuclear-capable SH-15 self-propelled howitzer during the Pakistan Day parade, Pakistan media reported.

Pakistan Army had officially inducted the first batch of the SH-15 howitzers from China earlier this year in January.

The SH-15 is a Chinese-made nuclear-capable self-propelled 155mm howitzer. In December 2019, Pakistan had signed a deal with NORINCO, a Chinese state-owned defense manufacturer, for the procurement of 236 howitzers, a report by the Times of Islamabad said.

The SH-15 made its global debut in November 2018 when NORINCO displayed it during the Zhuhai Airshow in China. The SH-15 was also showcased at the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) held in Karachi the same month.

The SH-15 howitzer is similar in concept to the French CAESAR truck-mounted howitzer. It is based on a 6×6 wheeled Shaanxi truck chassis for carrying a 155 mm gun-howitzer installed at the back of the truck. It is equipped with a computerized fire control system, navigation, positioning, and targeting systems.

It is capable of both direct and indirect fire. It has a maximum firing range of 53 km with a rocket-assisted V-LAP projectile. It can fire up to 6 rounds per minute. It has a conversion time of less than 1 minute, meaning it can fire rounds and move from its offensive position within seconds to evade counter-fire.

It can accommodate up to six crew members. The front cabin has armored protection with bulletproof windows and windshields to protect the cabin crew from small arms firing and shell splinters.

It weighs around 22 tons. It has a maximum speed of 90 km/h. It has a maximum range of 600 km, which is the distance it can travel after filling the tank to full capacity


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