Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: ?
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Oto Melara
Parent System: Palmaria
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: ?
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Description: Palmaria is a self-propelled howitzer based on the OF-40 tracked chassis and fitted with turret-mounted 155mm 41-caliber cannon. It features enhanced weapon range, mobility, rate of fire and protection. Palmaria was developed by OTO Melara in the early 1980s for the export market. Powered by a 750-hp diesel engine it can reach a top speed of 60 kph. In addition to the 155mm gun as primary armament, Palmaria's turret was equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun.

The cannon's automatic shell loading system allows for firing a round every 15 seconds during three minutes. Palmaria's sustained rate of fire is 1 round per minute for 1 hour or 1 round per three minutes indefinitely. Palmaria's main gun range is 24,000 meters or 30,000 meters using Rocket Assisted Projectiles (RAPs). First production Palmaria self-propelled howitzer rolled off the production line in 1982. The first customer for this artillery system was Libya.

Palmaria Specifications

Crew: 5
Height: 2.50 meter
Length: 11.5 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 155 millimeter
Width: 3.35 meter
Main Gun Max Range: 30,000 meter (18.6 mile)
Max Range: 500 kilometer
Power: 750 shp (560 kW)
Max Rate of Fire: 4 roundperminute
Sustained Rate of Fire: 1 roundperminute
Top Speed: 16.7 mps (60 kph)
Combat Weight: 46,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

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