Elbit Systems ATMOS 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer selected for US army test program

According to information published on December 17, 2020, Elbit Systems of America’s Autonomous Truck Mounted Ordnance System (ATMOS) Iron Sabre is a 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer selected to participate in the United States Army’s 155mm Mobile Howitzer Shoot-Off Evaluation.
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ATMOS 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer mounted on 8x8 truck chassis. (Picture source Elbit Systems)

The event, which will occur during the first quarter of 2021, provides the Army an opportunity to review various solutions from industry and then select a production-ready system that demonstrates increases in range, rate of fire, and mobility over current artillery systems available to Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs).

Elbit Systems of America is a market leader in providing artillery solutions and is confident its system will perform well at the shoot-off, being evaluated as “ready now.” ATMOS Iron Sabre is a proven, fielded system from a family of howitzers that have supported international customers for more than 30 years. Compatible with all existing US projectiles and propellant charges, it fulfills the Army’s mobile howitzer needs immediately, delivering on the modernization and capability improvements defined by Army Futures Command Long Range Precision Fires objective.

“US Army Fires needs solutions that can keep up with the SBCT, can shoot faster and farther, and most importantly are low risk and ready now. Elbit Systems of America’s ATMOS Iron Sabre addresses all of these needs,” said Ridge Sower, Vice President of Ground Combat & Precision Targeting at the company. “We are pleased to be selected for this evaluation and stand ready for rapid delivery from our hot production line if selected for production and fielding.”

sThe ATMOS is a 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by the Israeli company Elbit System. The ATMOS artillery system is compatible with any 6x6 or 8x8 high-mobility tactical truck. It supplies fire support for all types of missions and can be easily interfaced with customers’ existing C4 I systems.

Part of Elbit Systems’ line of fully integrated, modular artillery solutions, ATMOS incorporates an embedded electronic suite, automatic laying system and automatic loading system. The advanced electronic suite effectively enables accurate navigation and autonomous operation, reduced crew size, increased firepower, and high precision accuracy.

The ATMOS can fire all-types of NATO-compatible 155mm ammunition. It can fire 6 rounds in less than 110 seconds and has also indirect firing capability. This artillery system is operated by a crew of up to 6 people. The gun can reach a maximum firing range of 41 km.