Hungary could acquire German Rheinmetall HX3 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers
According to information published by the "soldat-und-technik" website on April 13, 2022, Hungary could take the decision to acquire the new wheeled 155mm self-propelled howitzer HX3 produced by the German company Rheinmetall.
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German-made HX3 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer designed by the German company Rheinmetall. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The Hungarian armed forces continue to increase the capabilities of its artillery units after the purchase of 24 new PzH 2000 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers that was announced in September 2019. In September 2020, Hungary has also awarded the German company Rheinmetall an order to supply tracked armored vehicles and related products and services with a total value of more than €2 billion. The contractual agreement, which was signed in Budapest, included the delivery of 218 Lynx KF41 IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) and nine Buffalo armored recovery vehicles.
The HX3 155mm is a new generation of 10x10 wheeled self-propelled howitzer based on the new HX military truck family that was unveiled by Rheinmetall in the spring of last year. Citing information from Rheinmetall, the HX3 howitzer fitted with 60 caliber cannon will be able to reach a maximum firing range of 85 km using smart ammunition with a high level of accuracy.
The new HX3 howitzer is equipped with a fully enclosed armored turret which is mounted at the rear of the truck chassis. The first variant of the vehicle was armed with the Rheinmetall 155mm 52 caliber gun which is also used on the PZH 2000, tracked self-propelled howitzer. The gun is able to fire at a maximum range of 30 km with standard ammunition and 40 km with extended range projectiles.
The turret is mounted on a platform designed for AGM (Artillery Gun Module) which has a traverse of 360°. In road position, the cannon is held in position by a clamp, located to the rear of the crew cab.
According to the HX3 howitzer drawings published by the company Rheinmetall, the turret seems to be remotely controlled offering a high rate of fire and Multiple Round Simultaneous Impact (MRSI) Mission. All the firing operations could be performed from inside the crew cab. To respond to the new threats of the modern battlefield, the HX3 trucks can be equipped with an armored cab to provide ballistic protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters.