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Autonomous towed howitzer ATHOS 2052

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A further development of the 155-mm howitzer family of Soltam Systems (now part of Elbit Systems) was the 155-mm ATHOS 2052 autonomous towed howitzer (the last two digits of 52 indicate the barrel length in gauges). The ATHOS 2052 howitzer represents a new generation of autonomous, towed artillery. It is designed to support artillery fire from closed firing positions of maneuverable forces of the battalion and divisional levels.

ATHOS 2052 is mounted on a towed carriage, provided its delivery to the battlefield. In the area of ​​deployment, the howitzer can maneuver independently using its diesel engine and special hydraulic wheel drives. The hydraulic system allows you to easily deploy a howitzer using hydraulic jacks and auxiliary wheels. It is equipped with a loader ammunition. Within a few minutes ATHOS 2052 is able to independently leave its position and be deployed in a new position a few hundred meters from the previous one. To control the howitzer, a calculation from 4-x to 6-man is necessary. When deploying a howitzer is not used physical force.



Using an 155-mm caliber barrel and an 52 caliber length allows you to achieve maximum firing range in 41 km using standard NATO ammunition, including ERFB / BB projectiles weighing 48 kg with 11 charge or modular charges. The howitzer is equipped with autonomous navigation and positioning systems, a ballistic computer and modern digital communication equipment, which allows to obtain target coordinates and provide accurate fire support. The howitzer is capable of receiving digital data on target designation directly from advanced observers or from systems for remote detection of targets such as UAVs and, accordingly, prepare itself for firing. Hydraulic drives are used for vertical guidance of guns and traverse, and they can be completely subordinate to the computer for automatic aiming howitzers.

Two 12-and volt batteries provide the power needed to power various electronic devices, and also allow the use of an electro-hydraulic pump for silent operation. During operation of a diesel engine, power is supplied from its generator, and the batteries are also charged.

Autonomous towed howitzer ATHOS 2052


ATHOS 2052 is equipped with an automatic aiming system integrated with a fully computerized system that provides automatic control, accurate navigation and targeting.



ATHOS 2052 standard equipment includes a hydraulic generator, a GPS receiver and an onboard fire control computer. To determine the initial velocity of the projectile on the barrel can be installed radar transmitting data to the fire control system. The weight of the ATHOS 2052 is reported to be around 13000 kg.

The ATHOS 2052 howitzer successfully completed a series of desert and mining tests in India in 2003. In parallel with it (2002-2007). The Indian Army conducted comparative tests of the FH-155BO52L77 BAE Systems / SWS Defense 5-mm / 52 towed howitzer. Despite the attempts of the French and Singapore manufacturers Nexter Systems and ST Kinetics, respectively, India did not even include them in the list of subjects. At the end of 2002, India was leaning toward purchasing a FH-77BO5L52 towed howitzer, and in November 2004 made its final choice in favor of FH-77BO5L52 based on a number of parameters including performance and reliability (the amount of paint falling off the trunk during continuous ). However, as a result, the Indian Ministry of Defense refused to buy this howitzer and demanded additional tests with the participation of ST Kinetics.



In February 2013 of the year, Elbit Systems announced the creation of a joint venture with the Indian company Bharat Forge Limited (part of the private Indian concern Kalyani Group). The purpose of the joint venture was to manufacture artillery systems based on the Soltam Israeli 155-mm howitzers, as well as other artillery systems for the Indian armed forces. However, in September 2013 of the year, the Indian Council for the Promotion of Foreign Investment did not issue a permit to establish a joint venture. The reasons for this refusal are not reported, however, as a rule, such refusals are related to the lack of transparency in the structure of new joint ventures (list of foreign shareholders, management, etc.)

In addition to the 155 mm / 52 configuration available on the market, the ATHOS 2052 howitzer is also available in other configurations, 155-mm / 39 and 155-m / 45 calibers. To date, it is reported on the further development of the howitzer and its preparation for small-scale production.
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  1. sergey72
    sergey72 16 September 2013 08: 09 New
    +7
    Good day, professor. Tell me, is this unit intended only for export or is the IDF buying it too? The umbrella in the second picture smiled ... laughing
    1. Eugeniy_369
      Eugeniy_369 16 September 2013 08: 37 New
      +1
      Quote: sergey72
      The umbrella in the second picture smiled ...

      Duc seems to be in the desert laughing .
      As they say, everything is for people, or rather, everything for a comfortable warfare good . Article plus, informatively, it is a pity few pictures recourse .
      Prof. Tell me, in the upper picture, a biaxial sample, how does it differ from a uniaxial one? Thank you in advance wink .
    2. Professor
      16 September 2013 09: 53 New
      +6
      Quote: sergey72
      Tell me, is this unit intended only for export or is the IDF buying it too?

      Tsakhal practically abandoned the barrel artillery in favor of missiles (I posted an article about this). The only exception is mortars.

      Quote: Eugeniy_369
      The umbrella in the second picture smiled ...

      I’ve been to India several times, it’s hard for me to smile. sad

      Quote: Eugeniy_369
      Prof. Tell me, in the upper picture, a biaxial sample, how does it differ from a uniaxial one?

      Information on this system is very small so far. Therefore, I can not say how other than the number of axles the systems differ.

      PS
      While Sultam was an independent company, one could get there almost without problems and even take a picture. Now when it is an Elbit around the perimeter there are guards with the Tavors on a vault. The desire to pull out the camera somehow disappeared.

      1. sergey72
        sergey72 16 September 2013 10: 19 New
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        ".... there is little information on this system yet ..." Well, in the pictures there are at least THREE different options, differing in the design of the muzzle brake, anti-recoil units, lifting device ...
      2. Eugeniy_369
        Eugeniy_369 16 September 2013 13: 25 New
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        Quote: Professor
        I’ve been to India several times, it’s hard for me to smile.

        Prof. Duc I about the same yes . Carefully read my post, Sergey 72 answered.
        1. Witold
          Witold 18 September 2013 18: 11 New
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          By the way, about India http://www.strategypage.com/dls/articles/How-Russia-Lost-India-9-14-2013.asp
      3. rero
        rero 16 September 2013 14: 07 New
        +1
        [Tsakhal practically abandoned the barrel artillery in favor of missiles (I posted an article about this). The only exception is mortars.

        caxal ne otkazivalsa ot stvolnoi artilerii, samaxodnii variant etoi sistemi budet uchastvovat v tendere katorii pravodit caxal dlia obnavlenia parka samaxodnix artsistem, no eto pravda chto raketnie artsistemi massovo zymalapalimap
        1. rero
          rero 16 September 2013 14: 11 New
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          the tsahal didn’t refuse stem artillery, the self-propelled version of this system will be involved in the tender of the category;
        2. viruskvartirus
          viruskvartirus 16 September 2013 16: 08 New
          -1
          Interestingly, and a link to the source can be?
      4. IS-80
        IS-80 16 September 2013 14: 08 New
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        Quote: Professor

        Tsakhal practically abandoned the barrel artillery in favor of missiles (I posted an article about this). The only exception is mortars.


        Hmm, and for what reason, you are not in the know?
        1. rero
          rero 16 September 2013 14: 11 New
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          the tsahal didn’t refuse stem artillery, the self-propelled version of this system will be involved in the tender of the category;
        2. Professor
          16 September 2013 20: 29 New
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          Quote: IS-80
          Hmm, and for what reason, you are not in the know?

          I know: Israel replaces smart rocket 155-mm howitzers
      5. bask
        bask 16 September 2013 17: 39 New
        +2
        Quote: Professor
        Autonomous towed howitzer ATHOS 2052

        This is a modernized clone of the South African G-5 (I will not go further into history). laughing
        "" In service with the army of the Republic of South Africa is a 155-mm self-propelled howitzer G-5. The gun has an autofretched monoblock barrel with a length of 45 calibres with a muzzle brake, a semi-automatic piston lock, hydropneumatic recoil devices; pneumatic balancing mechanism and rammer. "" [media = http: //armyman.info/artilleriya/gaubichnaya/]
        On the carriage, G-5, a diesel engine of air cooling with power designed for self-propelling guns is installed.

        And again, copying howitzer laughing recourse
        1. bask
          bask 16 September 2013 19: 21 New
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          Quote: bask
          (I don’t go further into history)

          No, it's still worth recalling.
          In South Africa, a 155-mm towed howitzer was developed by LytteLton Engineering Works. Design work began in 1975 under the designation G-3, G-4. As samples, howitzers -GC45 and M59 were used.
          In 1983, the G-5 entered service with the South African Army.
          TTX
          The mass of the gun is 13,7 tons.
          The length of the gun is 9,5 m in marching and 12,1 m in combat.
          Barrel length-6,9 m (45 calibres)
          The angle of fire at, -3 degrees, +75 degrees.
          The maximum range of a projectile, conventional high-explosive fragmentation 30 cells, with a gas generator 39 cells.
          The maximum initial velocity of the projectile is 897 m / s
          Rate of fire - 8 h / min.
          1. Alex 241
            Alex 241 16 September 2013 19: 28 New
            +2
            ........................................
        2. And Us Rat
          And Us Rat 31 October 2013 06: 26 New
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          This creation is just for deepening - the export name "Megapih" laughing
      6. bask
        bask 16 September 2013 23: 04 New
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        Quote: Professor

        Information on this system is very small so far. Therefore, I can not say how other than the number of axles the systems differ.

        So what is so secret in this system? Secret can only be SLAs.
        Finnish GH 52 APU (K98) -155 mm, was developed in Finland by the company ,, Tampella ,, a subsidiary of the concern ,, Patria ,,.
        TTX
        Barrel length - 52 caliber.
        The mass of the gun is 13,5 tons.
        The angle of vertical guidance is -5 degrees to + 70 degrees.
        The angle of horizontal aiming is -65 degrees.
        Rate of fire - 6 rounds per min.
        The initial velocity of the projectile is 827 m / s.
        The firing range is 30 km with an ordinary OFS and 41,8 km with a gas generator.
        1. Professor
          17 September 2013 08: 07 New
          -1
          Quote: bask
          What is so secret in this system?

          Nothing secret. Therefore, even without a tarpaulin in broad daylight, they drag it along roads in Israel and kind people took a picture and posted it on the net. Just a little information and all.
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      8. Witold
        Witold 18 September 2013 18: 01 New
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        Quote: Professor
        Tsakhal practically abandoned the barrel artillery in favor of missiles (I posted an article about this). The only exception is mortars.

        You're not right. IDF does not decommission the M-109. Mortars serve only for support.
        Sultam produces in small numbers of mortars 81mm, 120mm and 52mm. + pots and pans. And even before the merger with Elbit, it was impossible to get there without a special pass. Security is armed with pistols and AC.
        1. Professor
          19 September 2013 08: 50 New
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          Quote: Vitold
          You're not right. IDF does not decommission the M-109. Mortars serve only for support.

          It does not purchase new self-propelled guns, but existing ones are not eternal and are gradually decommissioned.

          Quote: Vitold
          And even before the merger with Elbit, it was impossible to get there without a special pass. Security is armed with pistols and AC.

          Prior to the purchase, Elbitm Sulatam leased space to anyone. I visited one of these tenants. At the checkpoint he called the company where I was going and went without any problems. And before that, there was a paragraph in general. rode a taxi, and then the Tishby intersection was expanded. the taxi driver would drive around the traffic jam through the Sultam factory itself. Neither the taxi driver nor my documents have been checked. Now there is no such mess there.
    3. AK-47
      AK-47 16 September 2013 09: 55 New
      +1
      Quote: sergey72
      The umbrella in the second picture smiled ...

      And the bike is there.
    4. Tourist Breakfast
      Tourist Breakfast 16 September 2013 10: 13 New
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      The umbrella in the second picture smiled ... laughing


      As they said before me, everything is for people:
      1. sergey72
        sergey72 16 September 2013 10: 37 New
        +2
        That's something like ...
        1. Eugeniy_369
          Eugeniy_369 16 September 2013 13: 28 New
          +1
          Is it "beyond the river"? I Baryatinsky seem in one of the books saw a picture yes . Just forgot t62?
          1. sergey72
            sergey72 16 September 2013 14: 10 New
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            Yes, you are right - Afghanistan, T-62 ...
            1. Eugeniy_369
              Eugeniy_369 16 September 2013 23: 01 New
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              Thanks for the answer wink . Flipping a book is not a hunt.
        2. Professor
          16 September 2013 13: 48 New
          +4
          It happens. wink
    5. Pimply
      Pimply 16 September 2013 19: 40 New
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      The IDF uses SPGs everywhere and abandoned towed artillery. Mortars and those - on the M113
  2. xetai9977
    xetai9977 16 September 2013 08: 32 New
    +3
    Great copy! They are able to do advanced technology.
  3. Tjumenec72
    Tjumenec72 16 September 2013 09: 14 New
    +5
    Funny Indian Vidio)
    1. Akim
      Akim 16 September 2013 09: 37 New
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      Quote: Tjumenec72
      Funny Indian Vidio)

      They are so ostentatious do not run on exercises. For me - so I'm tired of watching in the third minute.
      1. Professor
        16 September 2013 10: 04 New
        +5
        Swan Lake...
    2. aleks.baa2012
      aleks.baa2012 16 September 2013 10: 05 New
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      Clean window dressing and not video laughing one thing is how they run, but if the war begins they will lose it before they start at such a pace. Plus, I’ll add that they have a fake cannon shot very weakly and 15-20 kilometers to the mountain and the shell flew for 1-2 seconds, and how to understand it negative
      1. Professor
        16 September 2013 10: 10 New
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        Quote: aleks.baa2012
        Clean window dressing and not video


        It’s so customary there
        1. Predskazamus
          Predskazamus 16 September 2013 10: 56 New
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          Oh))))))))))) thank you very much))) mood lifted in the morning!
          1. bask
            bask 16 September 2013 17: 14 New
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            "" 120-mm self-propelled howitzer Bofors FH-77 Karin was developed for the Swedish coastal defense units. The gun was created on the basis of the 155-mm self-propelled howitzer Bofors FH-77 and differs from it only in its barrel, automatic loading mechanism and guidance system. An auxiliary B20 diesel engine with a power of 59 kW (80 l.u.), "" [media = http: //armyman.info/artilleriya/gaubichnaya/11297-samohodnaya-gaubica-bof
            ors-fh-77-karin.html]
            Gun mass 11,3 tons, firing range 20 km, rate of fire 10 rds / min. Guidance angles: vertically from –3 degrees to +45 degrees, horizontally 60 degrees.
            Pan prof .. where is the ATHOS 2052? request
            1. AK-47
              AK-47 16 September 2013 18: 42 New
              +1
              Quote: bask
              120 mm self-propelled howitzer Bofors FH-77 Karin

              Indeed, ATHOS 2052 is only in the first picture, the beauty “Karin” in the second, and the umbrellas have the masking function, we will not be strict with the author.
              1. bask
                bask 16 September 2013 18: 52 New
                +1
                Quote: AK-47
                disguises, we will not be strict with the author.

                Dear AK-47, no one argues about camouflage.
                I post that the photo is presented as ATMOS 2052. Do not correspond to reality.
                1. Professor
                  16 September 2013 20: 39 New
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                  Quote: bask
                  I post that the photo is presented as ATMOS 2052. Do not correspond to reality.

                  And where did I introduce it as ATMOS 2052?
                  FH77 B05 L52 BAE Systems Towed Howitzer
            2. Professor
              16 September 2013 20: 39 New
              +1
              Quote: bask
              Pan prof .. where is the ATHOS 2052?

              What am I to you? You read the article to the end and then you will understand where it is here FH 77B05 L52. wink
              1. bask
                bask 16 September 2013 22: 13 New
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                Quote: Professor
                What am I to you?

                Well, Mr. Prof .. Carefully, I read about 120 mm Swedish howitzer ,, Karin "", the article is not a word. Why then in the article her photo?
                Quote: Professor
                l FH 77B05 L52

                This, I did not answer you, but Tjumenec72.
                I just explained that on the 155 mm FH 77B, Bofors hi
                1. Professor
                  16 September 2013 22: 27 New
                  +2
                  Quote: bask
                  Attentively, I read about the 120 mm Swedish howitzer ,, Karin "", the article is not a word. Why then in the article her photo?

                  Duc and photo FH77 B05 L52 of which I mention. Both participated in the Indian tender. Do you disagree with this?

                  The ATHOS 2052 howitzer successfully completed a series of desert and mining tests in India in 2003. In parallel with it (2002-2007). The Indian Army conducted comparative tests of the FH-155BO52L77 BAE Systems / SWS Defense 5-mm / 52 towed howitzer. Despite the attempts of the French and Singapore manufacturers Nexter Systems and ST Kinetics, respectively, India did not even include them in the list of subjects. At the end of 2002, India was leaning toward purchasing a FH-77BO5L52 towed howitzer, and in November 2004 made its final choice in favor of FH-77BO5L52 based on a number of parameters including performance and reliability (the amount of paint falling off the trunk during continuous ). However, as a result, the Indian Ministry of Defense refused to buy this howitzer and demanded additional tests with the participation of ST Kinetics.

                  FH77 B05 L52 BAE Systems Towed Howitzer

                  FH-77B

                  http://weapons.technology.youngester.com/2012/02/indias-never-ending-artillery-p
                  rojects.html
                  1. bask
                    bask 16 September 2013 23: 18 New
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                    Quote: Professor
                    Duc and photo FH77 B05 L52 of which I mention. Both participated in the Indian tender. Do you disagree with this?

                    I agree.
                    With a little clarification. The whole world participated in the Indian tender.
        2. AK-47
          AK-47 16 September 2013 18: 02 New
          +1
          Quote: Professor
          It’s so customary there

          On the border with India or Pakistan.
          Cool video.
    3. bask
      bask 16 September 2013 17: 24 New
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      Quote: Tjumenec72
      Funny Indian Vidio)

      But the howitzer, Swedish. 155 mm FIELD HOWITZER 77B: THE BOFORS GUN SHOWER ,, BOFORS ,,.

  4. atalef
    atalef 16 September 2013 12: 25 New
    +3
    Thank you Oleg! Article + practical budget version of self-propelled guns.
    1. Eugeniy_369
      Eugeniy_369 16 September 2013 13: 31 New
      +1
      Quote: atalef
      practical budget option of self-propelled guns.

      Well, you bent it laughing . I don’t know what speed, but it seems to me that moving over short distances is enough good .
      1. atalef
        atalef 16 September 2013 13: 57 New
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        Quote: Eugeniy_369
        Quote: atalef
        practical budget option of self-propelled guns.

        Well, you bent it laughing . I don’t know what speed, but it seems to me that moving over short distances is enough good .

        But it’s far from necessary, her trailer will bring, and a change of position is quite enough, and she shoots from closed positions
        1. Eugeniy_369
          Eugeniy_369 16 September 2013 15: 40 New
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          Quote: atalef
          But it’s far from necessary, her trailer will bring, and a change of position is quite enough, and she shoots from closed positions

          I mean the same yes .
          But ...
          Quote: atalef
          budget version of self-propelled guns.

          With all due respect to the Israeli designers, the self-propelled gun (self-propelled artillery self-propelled gun, colloquial Self-propelled gun) does not pull, alas, ah recourse
          1. bazilio
            bazilio 16 September 2013 16: 34 New
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            Quote: Eugeniy_369
            With all due respect to the Israeli designers, the self-propelled gun (self-propelled artillery self-propelled gun, colloquial Self-propelled gun) does not pull, alas, ah

            towed self-propelled gun? or self-propelled tug?)))
            1. Eugeniy_369
              Eugeniy_369 16 September 2013 23: 10 New
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              Quote: bazilio
              towed self-propelled gun? or self-propelled tug?)))

              I do not know what atalef wanted to say, I myself think that the role of the "budget option of self-propelled guns" does not pull no . A towed self-propelled gun? or a self-propelled tug?))) these wonders of the Russian language (which is great and I can) discuss something not hotz wink
  5. Lyapis
    Lyapis 16 September 2013 12: 51 New
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    Interesting design for this thing! It looks like a "stranger" from Star Wars (especially in the first picture).
  6. mga04
    mga04 16 September 2013 15: 29 New
    +2
    The sample, of course, is interesting (due to its non-standard nature), but I still did not understand the meaning of its creation. Something between towed and self-propelled. If this is done only for the sake of a quick change of position, then the installation will still have to be accompanied by a truck with ammunition. On a flat and hard surface, this gun will move confidently, and through dirt, arable land, and snow - relatively small self-orientating wheels will simply bog down.
    I think that the goal was initially set to provide a towed howitzer with the possibility of mechanized deployment, guidance and loading. For this, a hydraulic pump motor and actuators were needed. And then they decided - since we already have an engine, so let the gun drive itself. The result is an under-self-propelled gun with a three round ammunition load, at a price comparable to a full-fledged self-propelled gun on a car chassis. And considering that a car is still needed in the kit, I don’t understand anything at all.
  7. Fofan
    Fofan 16 September 2013 21: 22 New
    +1
    I did not find the most important characteristic.
    How much is this miracle? if the standard is 5 million dollars, then what's the point?
  8. Michael_59
    Michael_59 16 September 2013 21: 30 New
    +1
    Quote: aleks.baa2012
    one joke how do they run


    You don’t understand anything ... This is a fighting Kama Sutra ... wink
  9. Admiral 013
    Admiral 013 17 September 2013 06: 14 New
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    Cool fluff!