Catapult Mk-II 130mm tracked self-propelled howitzer based on Arjun Mk-I tank unveiled Defexpo 10021
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Land, naval, & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition
6 - 9 February 2014
New Delhi, India
DRDO Arjun Catapult howitzer at Defexpo 2014
|Monday, February 10, 2014 11:40 AM|
|Catapult Mk-II 130mm tracked self-propelled howitzer based on Arjun Mk-I tank unveiled at Defexpo.|
The Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) of India unveils its Catapult Mk II tracked self-propelled howitzer mounted on the Arjun Mk I Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis at Defexpo 2014, defense exhibition in New Delhi, India.
The Indian-made Catapult Mk-II 130mm tracked self-propelled howitzer based on the Arjun Mk-I main battle tank at Defexpo 2014, defense exhibition in New Delhi, India.
The first version of the Catapult howitzer was based on the Vijayanta MBT chassis. The Vijayanta main battle tank was built in India based on a licensed design of the British main battle tank Vickers Mk.1.
The Russian-made 130 mm M-46 rifled gun barrel is mainly used to engage targets in indirect fire to a maximum range of 27.4 km. The gun can also be fired directly on targets up to 1.4 km range. It can be fired at various angles of elevation from -2° to + 45° and 14° traverse on either side.
The armour of the Catapult Mk-II provides a protection STANAG Level II for the crew from top attack as well as the sides. Careful dimensioning of the walls through optimal slopes and angles has been ensured. It also has an Integrated Fire Detection and Suppression System.
As the Catapult Mk1, the Mk-II version is equipped with a top armour shield to protect the crew and the gun against air threats and shell splinters.
The Catapult Mk-II has a total crew of 8 soldiers. These howitzer can run a ta a maximum road speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 400 km. It carries a total of 35 HE shells and cartridges.