AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer tracked armored technical data sheet specifications pictures video 11912162

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AS90 Braveheart 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer
 
 
 
AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer tracked armored technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier BAE Systems United Kingdom British defence industry army military technology
 
Description
The AS90 Braveheart is a 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer manufactured by the British Company BAE Systems. The AS90 project was completed in March 1985, and the first prototype was shown at the British Army Equipment Exhibition in June 1986. It entered in service with the British army in 1992. The AS90 equips three field regiments of the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Artillery. In mid-1992 the AS90 Braveheart turret system was selected by Poland for the project for new 155mm self-propelled howitzer for the Polish army.
 
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Technical Data
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Armament
The AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer is fitted a large turret mounted at the rear of the hull of a tracked chassis. The gun is equipped with a recoil and hydrogas suspension system. It has a double-baffle muzzle brake, fume extractor and a split-block breech. Turret traverse is through a full continuous 360º and weapon elevation is from -5 to +70º. Elevation and traverse drives are both electric and operate at a rate of 10º/s. Full manual controls are provided in case of electric failure. The AS90 is armed with a 155 mm 39 calibre barrel that can fire all the standard NATO artillery projectiles including the HE M107 and extended range types. Thanks to an automated loading system, it can fire a burst of three rounds in less than 10 seconds, an intense rate of 6 rds/min for 3 minutes and a sustained rate of fire of 2 rds/min. The AS90 can carried a total of 48 projectiles with 31 stowed in the turret bustle in four magazine modules, each of which has a motor that moves the required projectile to the correct position. The remaining 17 projectiles are stored in the hull of the vehicle. With standard ammunition, the AS90 can fire at a maximum range of 24,700 m and 30,000 m with assisted projectile. The barrel is locked in the road position by a clamp mounted at the front of the hull. In firing position, the barrel clamp is operated by the driver from inside the vehicle.
Design and protection
The AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer is divided into 3 compartments with the driver sits at the front left with the power pack to his right and the turret located at the rear of the hull. The AS90 has a crew of 5 including driver, commander, gunner, loader and co-loader. The hull and the turret of the AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer is of all-welded steel armour construction with a maximum thickness of 17 mm which provides a protection for the crew against firing of small arms and shell splinters. There is a large door opening to the rear of the chassis for access and ammunition resupply, and mounted either side of this on the outside are two integral armoured containers which can be used to store supplies and other equipment. Externally mounted on the turret shell are five stowage boxes, three to the right side and two to the left side, one for each crew member's use. There is a small hatch to the left side of the turret.
Mobility
The AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer is motorized with a Cummins VTA-903T-660 V-8 diesel engine developing 660 bhp at 2,800 rpm coupled to a Renk LSG 2000 fully automatic transmission with 4 forward and 2 reverse gears. The AS90 can run at a maximum road speed of 55 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 370 km. The KRAB can negotiate a gradient up to 60% and side slope of 25% maximum. The vehicle can clim a vertical obstacle of 0.88 m and a trench of 2.8 m. It can ford a depth of 1.5 m without preparation. The hydro-pneumatic suspension of the AS90 consists on each side of 6 road wheels, four track-return rollers with the drive sprocket at the front and an idler at the rear. The upper part of the suspension is protected by rubber plates.
Accessories
Standard equipment of the AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer includes night vision, NBC protection system, air conditioning and a fire detection suppression system. The AS90 is also fitted with a full navigation and auto-lay capability using the MAP's standard DRU based on ring laser gyro technology giving the gun complete autonomy. This enables the gun to be laid automatically in bearing as well as elevation. A diesel-powered auxiliary power unit is mounted in the forward part of the fighting compartment, so the main diesel engine does not need to be constantly run to operate the turret systems. A 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun can be mounted on the left hatch on the roof turret. Five smoke grenade dischargers are mounted on each side of the main gun.
 
Specifications
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Armament
One 155mm 39 caliber gun, and one 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun
Country users
United Kingdom
Designer Country
United Kingdom
Accessories
Night vision, NBC protection system, air conditioning, fire detection suppression system, full navigation and auto-lay capability
Crew
5
Armor
Protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters
Weight
45,000 kg
Speed
55 km/h
Range
370 km
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Dimensions with gun
Length: 9.90 m; Width: 3.40 m; Height: 3.0 m
 
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AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer tracked armored technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier BAE Systems United Kingdom British defence industry army military technology
 
AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer tracked armored technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier BAE Systems United Kingdom British defence industry army military technology
AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer tracked armored technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier BAE Systems United Kingdom British defence industry army military technology
   
AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer tracked armored technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier BAE Systems United Kingdom British defence industry army military technology
AS90 Braveheart 155mm self-propelled howitzer tracked armored technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence identification pictures photos images personnel carrier BAE Systems United Kingdom British defence industry army military technology
 
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