United Defense Fires 105mm Cannon Using 155mm Charge


Released on Thursday, February 26, 2004
MACS - Modular Artillery Charge System
V2C2 - Variable Volume Chamber Cannon
United Defense has announced that successfully fired a 105mm round using 155mm Modular Artillery Charge System (MACS) through a 105mm variable volume cannon.

The 105mm cannon, known as the 105mm V2C2 for its Variable Volume Chamber Cannon, has continuously fired rounds at a test facility in Minnesota. The 105mm V2C2 is being offered to the US Army as a potential 105mm artillery system.

The 105mm V2C2 cannon has been developed by United Defense, Benet Laboratories and Picatinny Arsenal. The cannon featuring an automated ammunition handling system can be mounted onto a 20-ton class vehicle or configured as a towed howitzer thanks to its lightweight design and flexibility.

The 105mm V2C2 cannon offers the advantage of using existing 155mm propellant charges (M231 and M232) eliminating the need for a new propellant charge.

All NATO-standard and US Army existing and future 105mm projectiles can be fired by the 105mm V2C2. A two-person crew can operate the vehicle-mounted V2C2 gun having a 45-round magazine, a range of 30 kilometers and a rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute.

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