Venezuelan Army inducts refurbished M114A1 howitzers and AMX-13C90 tanks


According to InfoDefensa, the Venezuelan Minister of Defense, General-in-Chief (Army) Vladimir Padrino López, paid a visit to the 11th Armored Brigade during which he inspected the M114A1 155/23mm howitzers and the AMX-13C90 light tanks, recently refurbished.
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Refurbished M114A1 155 mm howitzers (Picture source: Prensa FANB)


As reported by Infodefensa.com, the refurbishment of the M114A1 howitzers began in October 2020, while the project for the re-engining of the AMX-13C90 tanks was announced in February 2014.

The M114 155 mm howitzer is a towed howitzer developed and used by the U.S. Army. It was first produced in 1942 as a medium artillery piece under the designation of 155 mm Howitzer M1. It saw service with the US Army during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, before being replaced by the M198 howitzer. The gun was also used by the armed forces of many nations. In some countries, the M114A1 still remains in service.. It has a maximum range of 14.6 km. The Venezuelan Army received the first pieces in the mid-1950s. They currently constitute the endowment of two tactical units: 105 Group of Field Artillery 'General in Chief José Gregorio Monagas' and 205 Group of Field Artillery 'General in Chief Joaquín Crespo'.

The presence of the AMX-13 in Venezuela dates back to 1954, when the Venezuelan Army bought, directly from the French manufacturer, 40 AMX-13M51 light tanks, equipped with a 75 mm gun, which were replaced, in 1989, by the more modern model AMX-13C90 with a 90 mm gun. The AMX-13 was produced from 1952 to 1987. It served with the French Army as the Char 13t-75 Modèle 51, and was exported to more than 26 other nations. Named after its initial weight of 13 tonnes, and featuring a tough and reliable chassis, it was fitted with an oscillating turret built by GIAT Industries (now Nexter) with revolver-type magazines, which were also used on the Austrian SK-105 Kürassier. Including prototypes and export versions, over a hundred variants exist, including self-propelled guns, anti-aircraft systems, APCs, and ATGM versions. the support was taken over by Giat Industries, now Nexter.


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AMX-13C90s of the 11 Brigada Blindada (Picture source: Prensa FANB)


 

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