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Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: 155 AUF1, GCT AUF1 and GTC 155
Parent System: GCT
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 400
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Description: GTC 155/GCT AUF1 is a self-propelled howitzer based on the AMX30 main battle tank chassis and equipped with a 155mm 39-caliber gun. The turret is fitted with an automatic loading system and a roof-mounted 12.7mm anti-aircraft gun. 155 AUF1 was provided to artillery regiments of the French Army and was sold to several international such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq. GTC production started in 1977 with the first self-propelled howitzer achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 1980.
AUF1 has a range of 23,500 meters firing conventional rounds or 28,000 meters using Rocket Assisted Projectiles (RAPs). It was deployed during Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. GIAT AUF2 is a 155mm howitzer/turret designed for integration onto a wide range of armored chassis such as AMX30, Leopard 1, Arjun and T-72. It was developed for upgrading 155 AUF1 self-propelled howitzers in service with the French Army. The French Army procured approximately 70 AUF2 turrets mounted on the AMX30B2 chassis.
The AUF2 features an automatic round and charge feed system and a 52-caliber artillery tube. New charges and rounds are available for the AUF2. In addition, the AUF2 is equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun located at the roof of the turret. The turret including the gun and loading systems weighs near 19 tons. Compared with AUF1, the AUF2 offers an outstanding range of 42 km, higher rate of fire of 10 rounds minute and multiple rounds simultaneous impact as well as other benefits such as greater reliability, accuracy and ease of maintenance.
GCT AUF2 Specifications
Ammunition Load: 42
Height: 3.25 meter
Length: 10.3 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Width: 3.15 meter
Main Gun Max Range: 42,000 meter (26.1 mile)
Main Gun Min Range: 4,500 meter
Max Range: 450 kilometer
Power: 720 shp (537 kW)
Max Rate of Fire: 8 roundperminute
Sustained Rate of Fire: 6 roundperminute
Top Speed: 16.7 mps (60 kph)
SetUp Time: 45 second (0.01 hour)
Combat Weight: 46,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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on 18 Jan 2007
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