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Armored Artillery Module (AGM) - Made in Germany


Artillerie Geschütz Modul (AGM)

The manufacturer (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG) positions this module as an element of artillery of the 21st Century. The scope extends from classic artillery fire support modules to use as a strike component of C-RAM systems (anti-missile, artillery and mortar).

Armored Artillery Module (AGM) - Made in Germany

In addition, AGM, with its autonomous systemic qualities, becomes a logical step towards network-centric wars of the future.
Depending on the weight of the vehicle carrier (platform) AGM can be located on the body of many combat vehicles, and its low weight and compact dimensions allow fast delivery by transport aircraft (type Airbus A400)

Unmanned (crew-free),, stand-alone 155 mm / L52 armored module, shooting area 360

The system is completely autonomous.

Automatic loader of separate ammunition (modular charges of different power can be used)

Improved range and coverage
The ability to conduct battery fire, fire time synchronization - (MRSI)

Illustration of the various paths used in MRSI:
For any initial velocity, there are steep (more than 45 °, solid line) and gentle (less than 45 °, dotted line) trajectories.
For these different trajectories, the shells have different time to reach the target, with salvo battery firing

Inductive programmable fuses

Built-in diagnostic system (BITE)
It can be used as an active element of C-RAM.
Flexible integration for matching tracked or wheeled platforms

Autonomous navigation and fire control system
Ammunition (internal) 30 shells
Automatic loading cartridges with ammunition

Fully Automated Installation (does not require the presence of the crew in the module), remote control, the ability to integrate into combat automated systems
High mobility on suitable chassis

Inertial unit with GPS navigation

AGM is equipped with an electric drive and digital control system, an automatic system for loading and unloading ammunition (ammunition cassettes).
The gun and part of the mechanisms of the auto-loader cassettes with shells were used from PzH2000.

In the ammunition loading sequence, an induction fuse activating the fuses was recently integrated, which greatly increased the safety and resilience of the AGM from enemy fire.

The origin of the AGM is from PzH 2000.

The PzH 2000 is the most powerful barrel artillery system in the world, and was developed as one of the most important elements of an all-arms battle.
Mechanized operations are used in modern high-tech weapons. In addition, the PzH 2000 is an adaptable system weaponswhich can be used both in conventional wars, as well as in asymmetric operations (such as in Afghanistan), for indirect support by fire.

PzH 2000 is used in four NATO member countries. To date, more than 330 systems have been manufactured and shipped to customers.
Since September 2006, PzH 2000 is deployed in Afghanistan. Together with the Canadian Armed Forces PzH 2000 was used by the Royal Netherlands Army during operations in Afghanistan - MEDUSA.
The use of this combat system has proved its leading position in the world.

AGM specification
12,5 weight t
Length (along the barrel, incl. Module) 10,3 m
Width (by module) 2,8 m
Height (over the roof of the module) 3,2 m
Caliber 155 mm / L52
Fire rate over 6 per minute
Maximum range
firing over 56 km (according to some data up to 70 km) with an extended range projectile / 40 km with an ordinary
Ammo 30 shells / 145 loaded cassettes
Uninhabited module It is possible to control from the remote control, incl. and over the air.
Clotting time from a position less than 30 seconds.

Close analogues:
french system CAESAR (Camion Equipe d'OUR Système de l'Artillerie)
Slovak Zuzana ZUZANA ("Susan").
shooting of the Bundeswehr:
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
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  1. Kars
    Kars 16 May 2012 09: 28
    A useful thing in the economy. The Germans always dragged in artillery.
    And the module was copied directly from some kind of computer game.
    I especially liked the feature with different paths and flatness. Such a thing is simply necessary for the modern art system ..
    1. YARY
      YARY 16 May 2012 09: 41
      And especially mobility! transferred where necessary and on any platform ....
      Interesting thing! The defense and offensive support segment is fun. what recourse
      1. vylvyn
        vylvyn 16 May 2012 12: 44
        Quote - "The maximum firing range is more than 56 km (according to some sources, up to 70 km) with an extended-range projectile / 40 km with an ordinary
        Ammunition - 30 rounds / 145 loaded cassettes. Uninhabited module. Allowed control from the remote control, incl. and over the air.
        Cooldown time from position less than 30 seconds. "

        To get it.
      2. ytqnhfk
        ytqnhfk 17 May 2012 21: 03
        Our defense industry only talks about this modularity and speaks of both the Navy and ground equipment!
    2. Antipov
      Antipov 16 May 2012 13: 38
      Well, this scheme is no longer new. In addition to the PzH 2000, it is used on the Swedish Archer, and when developing all new artillery systems, it is mandatory. The topic of reducing the calculation of ACS and the introduction of ACS is being worked out in Russia. The titles of these themes are "Desert" and "Improvement". As far as I know, they were even shown at an exhibition in Tagil
  2. runway
    runway 16 May 2012 09: 39
    The Germans know how to make cars, this is indisputable. Their head is in place.
    In this regard, I recall an old cartoon - "Polygon" seems to be called. When the designer created an invulnerable tank that destroyed those who were afraid of him ... In short, everyone died, including the designer of this tank ...
    The conclusion is people, do not cross the line when only cars remain on the earth!
  3. Tirpitz
    Tirpitz 16 May 2012 09: 40
    I understand that now there is the possibility of reducing the crew. You can leave only the driver and gunner. So here in developed countries they are reducing the army, while not losing combat effectiveness.
  4. Igor
    Igor 16 May 2012 10: 09
    Nihr .. on myself, the Germans managed to put such a module on an armored personnel carrier, handsome. It would be better if our MO bought German armored personnel carriers they are much better than Italian, the Germans have a good design school of armored vehicles.
    1. Tirpitz
      Tirpitz 16 May 2012 10: 11
      That’s for sure, that’s who you need to learn from. The Italians are still very far away.
      1. tariff
        tariff 16 May 2012 16: 50
        But the Italians have learned to lobby their interests in promoting the Russian military-industrial complex. And the module is gorgeous, the Germans "respect and respect"
  5. Diesel
    Diesel 16 May 2012 10: 38
    An interesting thing, but in my opinion a single platform is more promising than a single module, a bunch of different bases are not good, different parts, different fuel, etc.
  6. borisst64
    borisst64 16 May 2012 11: 24
    "light weight and compact size"
    "Separate ammunition loader"
    "Improved range"
    "Automatic loader of ammunition cassettes"

    Something is doubting the solution to the problem of combining all these characteristics.
    1. postman
      16 May 2012 11: 51
      Quote: borisst64
      Something is doubting the solution to the problem of combining all these characteristics.

      So the manufacturer writes:
      * Abhngig vom Gewicht des Trgerfahrzeugs, kann das AGM strategisch per Flugzeug verlegt werden und ist somit eine mobile Einsatzkomponente.
      * Vollautomatisches Laden von Geschossen und modularen Treibladungen
      * berlegene Reichweite und Gebietsabdeckung
      * Vollautomatisches Richten
      And confirms according to the results of military tests
      Lutz Unterseher, in article: Mechanized Tube Artillery as an Integral Element of Expeditionary Forces Project on Defense Alternatives Guest Publication. Cambridge, MA: Commonwealth Institute, May 2006.
      152 mm howitzer D-20
      Weight, kg: 5700
      Length, mm: 8690
      Width, mm: 2317
      Height, mm: 1925..2520
  7. PabloMsk
    PabloMsk 16 May 2012 11: 41
    It is these systems that need to be dealt with now!
    It’s these, but we’ll miss the time!
    There should be an autonomous combat tool and a professional operator of this "tool".
    This is a whole trend in military science, and so far we are in the group of "doubles" :(

    At first, it could just be self-propelled artillery, and only then full-fledged network-centricity.
  8. viruskvartirus
    viruskvartirus 16 May 2012 11: 48
    "Fully automated installation (does not require the presence of a crew in the module), remote control, the ability to integrate into automated combat systems" there is a certain danger in this ... too complex systems cannot be fully protected and the more complex they are, the higher the probability of errors and failures, and this Rapid-fire 155mm artillery will start pounding everywhere ...
  9. Brother Sarych
    Brother Sarych 16 May 2012 12: 40
    Serious thing, you will not say anything!
    It’s not a sin to adopt such an experience!
  10. zaur
    zaur 16 May 2012 13: 05
    That's what you need to buy, not Italian armored cars!
    1. Erkin
      Erkin 16 May 2012 19: 03
      Italian armored cars are some of the best. They successfully passed baptism of fire.
      Although they look flimsy from the outside, their design is incomparable. Everything is thought out to the smallest detail.
      We do not yet have such ones even in prototypes. Although catching up, but still.
      1. welder
        welder 17 May 2012 10: 02
        but why are we trying to steal our secrets about technologies, for example, BOULAVES, etc., but what can we not steal these drawings of them? Or maybe it's not civilized.
  11. alex86
    alex86 16 May 2012 19: 22
    I apologize for the fantasy, but if you recall the tank towers along the border with China, then this is a possible development of that idea at the modern level. Of course, you won’t hold a billion Chinese with this, but if the special ammunition (TNW) is stocked and the location is either hidden or changed, we will get a (conditionally) remote nuclear mining system. It is very interesting, although, like any universal remedy, it is not without drawbacks - the most obvious - dimensions.
  12. Yemelya
    Yemelya 16 May 2012 21: 19
    But with what it all began - 10,5 cm on the basis of the Pz IV with the possibility of firing both from tracks and from the ground.
    1. Kars
      Kars 16 May 2012 22: 45
      Or maybe this one?
  13. Chicot 1
    Chicot 1 17 May 2012 13: 05
    And what is fundamentally new and extraordinary here? .. An attempt (admittedly quite successful) to unify field artillery as much as possible and automate it as much as possible, up to robotization. And it's all...
    Though a new, but quite ordinary in its essence, an example of an art system that still does not know how to behave in a mass series (inevitable loss of quality), field conditions (lower qualification of technical staff) and finally a real war (when minor damage can completely endure the whole system) ...
    So it’s too early for the defirambs to sing this wonderful weapon of the Kag-Bae. And advertising, it often (it happens) frankly "does not speak quite the truth." Let us recall in this connection "f-two-two - raptor" ...

    PS And by the way, the Soviet anti-aircraft gun KS-19 was capable of independently firing at enemy aircraft at the command of the radar station. The following processes were fully automated:
    * Targeting.
    * Installation of a fuse.
    * Filing and sending shots.
    * Shot production.

    And this is the beginning of the 1950s ... One thing about the word about the terrible revolutionism of the German super-miracle system ...

    In the photo KS-19M2 ...

    Oh, I forgot to take a ride about such a quality of this herr-gun, like its charming ability to fire from the ground ... I wonder if this can be considered the beginning of a return to redoubts, casemates and bastions? .. Or is it just a rather ill-conceived (read "dumb in essence his ") an attempt to complicate, make heavier and make the towed artillery uncomfortable in practical use? .. wink laughing YYY
    1. Chicot 1
      Chicot 1 17 May 2012 20: 10
      Where is the logical and harmoniously built counterargument to my conclusions, gentlemen, quiet minusers? .. wink To click on the red mark, however, a lot of mind is not necessary ... laughing YYY
    2. matvey.z
      matvey.z 17 May 2012 23: 47
      Quote: Chicot 1
      KS-19 was capable of independently

      Rather, the GSP-100M system from POISO-7
      In the gun KS-19 mechanized:
      fuse installation;
      chambering of a cartridge;
      shutter closure;
      shot firing;
      opening the shutter and extracting the sleeve.
      The preparation of the next shot begins by pressing the firing handle of the fuse installation machine.
      Modes of firing:
      13 shots per minute 1;
      45 shots in 5 minutes;
      110 shots in 60 minutes;
      160 shots for 120 minutes.
      The firing of the next target is possible in no less than 2,5 minutes.
      1. Chicot 1
        Chicot 1 18 May 2012 03: 04
        Closing (as well as opening) the semi-automatic wedge breechblock with the ejection of the spent cartridge case on the KS-19 (as well as on a number of artillery systems) occurs completely independently of the control system (pure mechanic), and therefore this function can be omitted ... , the system "slowed down", but Duc and electronics in those days were not as perfect as they are at the moment ...
        And by this, in any case, I do not see anything fundamentally revolutionary in the field of field artillery in this newly-made super-canon ...
        1. matvey.z
          matvey.z 22 May 2012 12: 28
          All true.
          As the radars were widely used, so the "idea" of automatic fire control and control center arose.
          In my opinion, the Germans did the same.
          It's all in size and how it works.
          KS-19, with GSP-100M, PUAZO-7 is a "whole farm".
          And in AGM, all in one, in the tower.
          But computers were once big ....