ATMOS 155mm autonomous self-propelled artillery howitzer
ATMOS is wheeled self-propelled howitzer truck, with on the rear part
a Soltam Systems 155mm/52 calibre towed TIG 2000 system. ATMOS has been
developed by the Israeli Compnay Soltam Systems as a private venture.
Now Soltam is a subdivision of the Israeli Company Elbit Systems. According
to Soltam Systems, wheeled self-propelled guns are not only cheaper
to procure than their more common tracked counterparts, but have lower
life cycle costs and are easier to operate and maintain. In addition
they also have greater strategic mobility as they do not have to rely
on Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET) to be redeployed over extended
distances as do their full-tracked counterparts. Based on SOLTAM Systems
60 years of battle proven systems, offering the advantage of high fire
power, mobility and short response time, ATMOS is rapidly deployed and
operable in all terain. The modular ATMOS system is available with different
qualified in-service trucks and gun caliber. The need for light, long
range, fast moving artillery has been recognized for the new battlefield
environments, especially in countries, in which terrain conditions,
roads, rails and bridges put limitations to weight and size of traditional
self-propelled artillery systems. Artillery units are called upon to
engage a variety of targets, gapping long ranges, expecting counter
battery fire within minutes of commencing fire. Soltam Systems is offering
a complete solution tailored to meet any customer requirements, this
includes complete and advanced artillery force built-up of all levels
of battery, battalion and brigade comprising weapon systems, integrated
with the electronic suits, battle management system through FDC units,
FO units with target acquisition (ground and UAV), meteorological stations,
all connected via digital command, control and communication systems.
The ATMOS Soltam is transportable in a C-130 Hercules medium transport
aircraft and does not require heavy equipment transporters in order
to be relocated over long distances. The artillery system is operated
by a crew of four or six, including two loaders. In april 2011, Elbit
Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced
April 6, 2011, that it was awarded a contract to supply self-propelled
artillery and accompanying systems to an African country. In October
2012, Elbit Systems announced a contract for the delivery of ATMOS 155mm
autonomous artillery system to a Far Eastern country.
|- SOLTAM ADMOS D30: A D30 122mm Russian-made howitzer is mounted at the rear side of the truk chassis in place of the 155mm howitzer.|
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