PCL-09 CS/SH1 122mm
Wheeled 6x6 self-propelled howitzer China
The PCL-09 or CS/SH1 (Chinese export name) is a 122mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by the Chinese Company Norinco. A typical battery of PCL-09 consists of one 6 self-propelled howitzers and a battery command post. The vehicle was unveiled in the official military magazine of the Chinese army (PLA). The PCL-09 was used for the first the time in 2010 during a joint military exercise of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization). The PCL-09 is similar to the French Caesar 155 wheeled howitzer, and uses a wheeled 6x6 truck chassis with a Chinese-made 122mm howitzer PL-96 mounted at the rear part. This vehicle is already in service with the Chinese armed forces. It can be ready to fire in less than 90 seconds from traveling mode. In December 2018, a picture was released by Rwanda President Paul Kagame Flickr account showing a CS/SH1 used by the Rwanda Defence Forces during a military exercise at the Gabiro Combat Training Centre in northeast Rwanda.
CS/SH1 PCL-09 variants:
No variants at this time.
One PL-96, a Chinese version of the Soviet-made 122mm D-30 howitzer is mounted at the rear of 6x6 truck chassis. For its self-protection, a 12.7 mm machine can be mounted to the roof of the crew cabin. Elevation and traverse is hydraulic with manual controls being provided as a back-up. For indirect usual firing elevation ranges from -3° to +70º with traverse being 30 º left and right. The PCL-09 or CS/SH1 can fire at a maximum range of 22 km with a rate of fire of 8 rds/min and 27 km with rocket assisted projectile. The 122mm howitzer of the CS/SH1 can fire High Explosive Fragmentation (HE-FRAG), cargo, incendiary, smoke, illumination, and all standard 122 mm ammunition used by the Russian D-30 howitzer. According to Chinese military sources, it can also fire 122 mm laser-guided projectiles. In firing position, one spade is lowered on each side of the truck chassis to provide a more stable firing platform. The PCL-09 is fitted with a semi-automatic loading system and it can carry a total of 40 rounds of ammunition.
|Design and protection|
The CS/SH1 or PCL-09 is based on 6×6 Shaanxi truck chassis. A fully enclosed cab is mounted at the front of the vehicle and has individual seats for the crew of five. There is two doors on each side of the crew cabin and one hatch is available at the top right side.
|The PCL-09 or CS/SH1 uses a 6x6 chassis with one axle at the front and two axles at the rear. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 85 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. The truck is equipped with a central tire inflation system to provide control over the air pressure in each tire as a way to improve performance on different terrain conditions.|
|Standard equipment of the PCL-09 or CS/SH1 includes a computerized fire control system, navigation, positioning and targeting systems. According to Chinese military sources, this howitzer can be fitted with digital battlefield management system. A spare wheel is fitted at the rear of the crew cabin. Two large individual containers are mounted at the rear of the cabin crew to store ammunitions and accessories.|
|One 122mm howiter and one 12.7mm machine gun||No armor|
|Chian, Rwanda||16,500 kg|
|Designer Country||Speed truck|
|China||85 km/h maximum road speed|
|Computerized fire control system, navigation, positioning and targeting systems.||600 km|
|5||Length: ? m; Width: ? m; Height: ? m|
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