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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: ?
Origin: China
Corporations: NORINCO
Parent System: PLZ-45
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: ?
Family Members: PLZ-05
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Description: PLZ-45 is a Chinese 155mm 45-caliber self-propelled howitzer (SPH) utilizing a tracked chassis. The 155mm gun is a Chinese development based on Austrian technology delivered to China in the mid-1980s. NORINCO and a group of Chinese Research Institutes developed the PLZ-45 SPH in the early 1990s for the export market. The resulting weapon system is indeed the Chinese counterpart to US M109 self-propelled howitzer. The Kuwait Army ordered this artillery system in 1997 and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) adopted the new artillery system thereafter.

Firing rocket assisted projectiles (RAPs) PLZ-45's primary armament can hit targets at ranges of roughly 40 kilometers. The 155mm main gun utilizes a semi-automatic loading system. A roof-mounted 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun serves as secondary armament. Like the US M109, PLZ-45 charges and projectiles replenishment also depends on a Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (FAASV), called W653A. In the 1990s China developed its own 155mm laser-guided projectile based on the Russian/Soviet Krasnopol. The PLZ-45 can fire that 155mm laser-guided projectile.

PLZ-45 Specifications

Ammunition Load: 30
Caliber Multiple: 45
Crew: 5
Height: 2.60 meter
Length: 10.5 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Width: 3.30 meter
Main Gun Max Range: 24,000 meter (14.9 mile)
Max Range firing RAP: 39,000 meter
Power: 520 hp (388 kW)
Max Rate of Fire: 5 roundperminute
Sustained Rate of Fire: 2 roundperminute
Top Speed: 40 kph (11.1 mps)
Combat Weight: 33 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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