Russian media said the PLA-volume equipment PLZ-05 self-propelled howitzer
homemade PLZ-05-type self-propelled howitzers in review Ligang She
According to the Russian military-industrial complex site December 21 reported that the Chinese Army artillery units are currently equipped with latest batch of PLZ-05-type 52-fold caliber 155-mm self-propelled howitzer. Previously reported, PLZ-05 self-propelled howitzers in 2005 debut. Experts believe that this type of gun is in the early 1990s the advent of PLL01 and PLZ-45, based on the improvements made.
PLZ-05 development work began in the mid-1990s, at about 8 years after the first prototypes into test. PLZ-05 used crawler chassis, engine and transmission front, powered by a 800 hp power of new 8V150-cooled turbocharged diesel engine. Clearly, the reference to the structural design of the chassis 96 main battle tank program.
this new artillery system, the more export-oriented turret PLZ-45 are significantly larger, overall, its shape and design is very reminiscent of the Russian military equipment of the present type of 152 mm 2S19 self- howitzer. PLZ-05 system equipped with an automatic loading machine modeled on the Russian 2S19, the device compared to the overall technical and tactical performance PLZ-45 and 83 Howitzer has been significantly improved. PLZ-05 fire control system includes a week of visual collimator, equipped with thermal imaging devices for dual-channel targeting – rangefinder, digital ballistic computer, installed in the upper barrel radar and satellite positioning systems and other devices.
PLZ-05 self-propelled howitzer weighs 35 tons, from five operations, although the PLZ-45 than two tons of weight, but the two guns are almost identical size, body length of 10.5 meters width of 3.3 meters, 2.6 meters high (if you count the top of the turret mounted machine gun 12.7 mm, the height of 3.5 m). The PLZ-05 PLZ-45 barrel length than the 15.5% increase. Equipped with automated command systems and satellite positioning system, PLZ-05 can do the shooting within minutes to prepare. It is reported that every door PLZ-05 Beitan 30 rounds (of which 24 rounds stored in the loading machine), the maximum rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute, extended-range missile launch at the bottom of the exhaust when the maximum range of up to 50 km, emission The maximum range of ordinary ammunition is 39 km, firing laser-guided artillery shells at a maximum range of 20 km. It can be said, PLZ-05 is the Chinese researchers by drawing Russia and Western technology developed and an advanced military equipment. (Compass)