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China developing new 8x8 self-propelled howitzer | Janes - 01 October 2018

--- Quote ---Citing an article published by Chinese magazine Modern Weapons , the Weixin website reported on 27 September that the platform, which is reportedly known as the SH11, features a "fully automatic 155 mm gun", weighs 36 tonnes, and is operated by a crew of three. The platform also has a newly designed manned turret fitted to a hull that is based on the VN1 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle, which is the export variant of the ZBL-08 (Type 08).
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This year NORINCO will present its new 155mm/39 calibre howitzer 8x8, the so-called SH-11, at the Zhuhai Air Show. Photo taken from:

China: Defense industry unveils new SH11 155mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzer | Army  Recognition - 19 October 2018 11:06

--- Quote ---According to Chinese military website, the SH11 howitzer is fitted with a fully automatic loading system offering fast firing and maneuvering while the autonomous system integrates seamlessly into the networked and centralized command and control system.

The SH11 has a crew of three including driver, commander and gunner. The roof of the turret seems to be equipped with latest generation of optics that includes a new panoramic sight. The turret has a traverse of 360.

The hull and the turret provide protection against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. It has a combat weight of 36,000 kg.
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New SH11 8x8 self-propelled howitzer (Picture source China Defense Blog)

NORINCO SH15 self-propelled howitzers operational in Chinese army | Army Recognition - 08 January 2019 09:26

--- Quote ---The SH15 was displayed at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, last November. It uses a 6x6 Shaanxi truck chassis with an armored cabin at the front and a 155 mm gun-howitzer at the rear. According to NORINCO, this artillery system is based on the AH-2 155 mm/L52 howitzer, which is able to fire any standard 155 mm NATO ammunition, as well as Chinese-made ammunition developed by NORINCO.

The 155mm howitzer mounted at the rear of the SH15 uses a semi-automatic loading system. The 155 mm / 52 caliber bore is fitted with a double baffle muzzle brake and, when travelling, the ordnance is held in position by a clamp located to the immediate rear of the cab, which is operated by remote control. When the SH15 is deployed in firing position, two large spades are lowered at the rear to provide a more stable firing platform.

The SH15 has a maximum firing range of 20 km with standard ammunition and 53 km with a rocket-assisted projectile. The maximum rate of fire is 4-6 rounds per minute. On each side of the truck chassis, there are storage boxes to carry ammunition. Elevation and traverse is hydraulically operated. This SPH can be operated by a crew of five. According to some military sources, it weighs a maximum of 22 tons.
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NORINCO SH15 self-propelled howitzer displayed at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Chinese PLC-181 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers in Tibet | Army Recognition - 09 January 2019 13:28

--- Quote ---According to an article released by the WeChat account of the PLA Ground Force on Saturday, the PLA in the Tibet Military Command is equipped with the new howitzer, which Chinese military analysts said is supposed to be the PLC-181 vehicle mounted howitzer. The equipment was used in an artillery brigade in Tibet during the 2017 China-India stand-off. Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, confirmed with the Global Times Monday that the howitzer has a 52-caliber cannon with a range of over 50 kilometers and shoots laser-guided and satellite-guided projectiles. It will boost the high-altitude combat capability of the PLA in Tibet, Song said.

As part of military training in 2019, an artillery brigade in the Tibet Military Command ordered soldiers to take part in a military skills competition at a training ground on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau 3,700 meters above sea level. Video from the China News Service on Sunday shows soldiers engaged in military boxing, standstill shooting and firing in motion, as well as assembling guns on the snowfields to improve their attack capability.

To cope with altitude sickness, the PLA built oxygen stations for the soldiers in Tibet in 2015, which were used for medical purposes, but are now also being used in regularly training, according to a press release on the Ministry of National Defense's website in August 2018.
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Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region attend a training mobilization meeting with new PLC-181 self-prolled howitzers. (Picture source: courtesy of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force)

Norinco marketing SH-15 155 mm artillery system for export | Janes - 06 March 2019

--- Quote ---China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) is marketing a 155 mm self-propelled (SP) gun-howitzer (GH) called the SH-15. The system's builder is unconfirmed.

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On the rear is the turntable-mounted 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance with powered traverse of 25 left and right and with powered elevation from 0 to 67.5.

Norinco, the howitzer's sales group, is quoting a maximum rate of fire of between 4 and 6 rds/min. A flick rammer is fitted to maintain rate of fire, and a muzzle velocity measuring system is mounted above the rear of the ordnance.

Maximum range depends on the projectile/charge combination, but Norinco said it has a maximum range of 50 km when firing its High-Explosive Extended-Range Full Bore Base-Bleed Rocket-Assisted (HE ERFB-BB-RA) projectile.

It can fire conventional ammunition as well as the Norinco GP155 laser homing projectile, GP155B satellite guided projectile, and the GP155G terminally guided top attack projectile.

As the 155 mm ordnance has a 23 litre chamber that meets the Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU), the SH-15 can also fire NATO projectiles and charges (the older bag type or the more efficient modular charge system [MCS] type). Images viewed by Jane's indicate that Chinese MCS have been used during firing trials in China.
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The SH-15 in the firing position, showing some of the 155 mm ammunition stowage on the cab rear. Source: Norinco


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