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Soltam M 71

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Type  Howitzer
Used by  See users
Designed  1974
Place of origin  Israel
Designer  Soltam Systems
Soltam M-71
Wars  Yom Kippur War South African Border War

The M-71 is a 155 mm 39 caliber towed howitzer manufactured by Soltam Systems.

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Design

The weapon was based on the earlier Soltam M-68 and uses the same recoil system, breech and carriage but had a longer gun barrel (39 calibre versus 33 calibre of M-68). It is fitted with a compressed air-driven rammer to permit rapid and ease of loading at all angles of elevation as well as having a rechargeable battery mounted on the right trail for auxiliary power. It can fire a 43.7 kilograms (96 lb) high-explosive shell up to a maximum range of 23.5 kilometers (14.6 mi) at a muzzle velocity of 820 meters per second (2,700 ft/s).

Deployment

In addition to Israel, this weapon is in service with Chile, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, Slovenia and Myanmar. A version of this weapon was developed to mount on a modified Centurion chassis (M-72), but this vehicle never reached production.

Operators

  •  Burma: 16
  •  Chile: 36
  •  Israel
  •  Philippines: 14
  •  Singapore: 13
  •  South Africa: 32; designated G-4.
  •  Thailand: 32
  •  Slovenia: 18; M839 variant.
  • References

    Soltam M-71 Wikipedia


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