AGM Donar 155 mm self-propelled howitzer autonomous Artillery Gun Module technical data sheet

 
 
Donar 155mm self-propelled autonomous air deployable howitzer
AGM Artillery Gun Modulle
 
 
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Description
The DONAR or AGM (Artillery Gun Module) is a new generation, air-deployable, autonomous and remotely operated 155mm artillery system that addresses the growing need for precise indirect-fire capabilities that can augment or even replace close-air-support operations previously conducted by costly fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft. KMW and General Dynamics land Systems through SBS have decide to jointly develop and market a new generation air deployable (<32 tons), autonomous and remotely operated 155 mm artillery system. Late in 2004, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann revealed that it had built the prototype of a 155 mm self-propelled artillery gun based on the chassis of the US-developed Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). This system is called the Artillery Gun Module (AGM) and has been developed as a private venture to meet the future potential operational requirements of the German Army. DONAR changes conventional artillery doctrine through a reduced crew and logistics footprints as well as autonomous operations its is targetd to replace legacy systems as M109, AS90, K9 etc in service in modern armies. The mission spectrum of DONAR ranges from classic artillery fire support missions to active field protection. The autonomous character of the DONAR system allows a consistent step towards networked, centralised command and control.
 
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Technical data
Armament
The DONAR or AGM is armed with a 155mm (52 cal.) cannon. DONAR’s maximum range amounts to more than 56 kilometres. This 155 mm / 52. calibre artillery system combines a full automatic and independent firing module, fully automated loading and laying system with 30 shell magazine. Despite a marked reduction in weight and size, the gun module is operational without any additional stabilization and provides a 360-degree azimuth range. Maximum range of fire depends on projectile and charge combination. It is 30 km with standard and 40 km with rocket assisted projectile, however using the South African VLAP projectile a range of 56 km can be achieved. Maximum rate of fire is 6 rounds per minute; however this might be increased to 8 in production systems. The DONAR gun is the same as that used for the self-propelled howitzer PzH2000.
Protection
The DONAR or AGM hull is made in all-welded steel armour that provides the occupants with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. As an option mine protection system and armour kit can be fitted for a higher level of protection. To the front of the crew position are three large bullet proof windows.
Propulsion
The DONAR or AGM uses a modified chassis of General Dynamics ASCOD 2 IFV. The vehicle is fitted with an MTU diesel engine, developing 720 hp and auxiliary power unit. Suspension is of the torsion bar type with either side having seven dual rubber tyred road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track return rollers. Upper part of the suspension is protected by a rubber skirt. The DONAR can run at a maximum speed of 60 km/h with a maximum range of 500 km.
Accessories
Thanks to the system's autonomy, the DONAR fits seamlessly into the networked and centralised command and control system (network-centric warfare). The Donar is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. Standard equipment includes an inertial reference unit with a GPS (Global Positioning System) connection. It also has a muzzle velocity measuring system that feeds information into the onboard fire-control system. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann claims that the AGM can engage moving as well as stationary targets. A vehicle independent auxiliary power unit is installed as standard and this allows the complete AGM to be run with the main MLRS carrier engine shut down. The DONAR can be airlifted by the Airbus A400M, however it is too large for current C-130 Hercules and C-160.
 
Specifications
 
Armament
one 155/52 gun
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Country users
No customer at this time
Designer Company
General Dynamics European Land Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Accessories
NBC protection system, Automatic fire control system
Crew
2
Armor
Basic protection against light and heavy machine gun and artillery splinters
Weight
31,500 kg
Speed
60 km/h
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Range
500 km
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Dimensions
Length, 10,3 m; Width, 2,8 m; Height, 3,0 m
 
 
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Donar 155 mm self-propelled howitzer autonomous air deployable technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence pictures photos images German Germany Defence Industry tracked armoured vehicle
Donar 155 mm self-propelled howitzer autonomous air deployable technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence pictures photos images German Germany Defence Industry tracked armoured vehicle
   
Donar 155 mm self-propelled howitzer autonomous air deployable technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence pictures photos images German Germany Defence Industry tracked armoured vehicle Donar 155 mm self-propelled howitzer autonomous air deployable technical data sheet specifications description information intelligence pictures photos images German Germany Defence Industry tracked armoured vehicle
 
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