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Turkish company MKEK showcases 105mm Boran light howitzer at DSA 2024.

| Defense News Army 2024

At DSA 2024 in Malaysia, Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) of Türkiye showcased the 105mm Boran air portable light towed howitzer. This light gun is designed to be used by rapid reaction forces, enabling quick deployment and high mobility in response to various tactical situations.

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Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) 105mm Boran air portable light towed howitzer displayed at WDS 2024 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Boran howitzer, a 105mm light artillery piece, represents a milestone in Turkish defense production, being fully designed and developed by MKEK to meet the operational demands of the Turkish Army. Founded in 1950, MKEK has a broad portfolio including the production of ammunition for small and heavy arms, artillery systems, aerial bombs, mines, explosives, and rockets.

First introduced at the IDEF defense exhibition in Istanbul, Türkiye, in 2019, the Boran illustrates the prowess of Turkish defense technology. Its design, reminiscent of the French LG1 light towed howitzer by Nexter Systems (now part of KNDS), highlights its modern features and compliance with international artillery standards.

The howitzer's design features a bow-type carriage and two front wheels, making it easily transportable. In its travel configuration, the gun's saddle and the 105mm/30 caliber barrel pivot rearward and lock securely, enhancing its mobility and rapid deployment capabilities.

The Boran is equipped with a variable recoil system, adjustable from 800mm (short) to 120mm (long), and a muzzle brake to reduce recoil. It offers a traverse of 8° left and right and an elevation range of -3° to +70°, allowing versatile firing options across various terrains and scenarios.

Moreover, the howitzer includes a high-tech, computerized fire control system designed by Aselsan, a prominent Turkish defense contractor. This system features a ballistic computer, an inertial navigation system, and a barrel-mounted radar for measuring muzzle velocity, ensuring precise and efficient target engagement.

With a maximum range of 17 km and a firing rate of 6 rounds per minute, the Boran howitzer, weighing 1,780 kg and operated by a crew of five, highlights MKEK's focus on rapid response and operational versatility.

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