Pakistan receives first Chinese-made SH-15 155mm self-propelled howitzers

According to pictures published on the Twitter account of Global Defense Insight on January 25, 2022, Pakistan has just received the first SH-15 155mm self-propelled howitzers produced by China.
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First Chinese-made SH-155 155mm self-propelled howitzers arrived in Pakistan. (Picture source Twitter Global Defense Insight)

In December 2019, Army Recognition has reported that Pakistan has procured 236 SH-15 155 mm 6x6 wheeled self-propelled howitzers from China. For many years, Pakistani armed forces are in the process to strengthen their artillery capability, especially with a new more mobile artillery solution. According to the SIPRI Arms Transfer Database, Pakistan has already purchased 36 SH1 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers from China in 2013-2014.

Currently, the Pakistani army operates the M109A5, a tracked self-propelled howitzer manufactured by the United States but Pakistan would continue the modernization of its artillery force with new wheeled artillery systems. For the Pakistani Army, the ideal might be to procure an even lighter weapon, one that can be carried by its utility helicopters using an external sling.

The SH15 is a Chinese-made wheeled self-propelled howitzer based on 6x6 Shaanxi truck chassis with an armored cabin at the front and one 155 mm gun-howitzer mounted at the rear of the truck. This new howitzer is protected against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The crew cab has two large bulletproof windows at the front and there are two doors on each side.

The SH15 has a maximum firing range of 20 km with standard ammunition and 53 km with a rocket-assisted artillery projectile. This artillery vehicle can be operated by a crew of five. According to some military sources, the vehicle will have a maximum weight of 22 tons.