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DSEI 2021: Wheeled self-propelled artillery comes to the fore

23rd September 2021 - 11:17 GMT | by Sonny Butterworth in London

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BAE Systems showcased its Archer SPH at DSEI this year. (Photo: Sonny Butterworth)

The DSEI exhibition in London on 14-17 September showcased the latest developments in self-propelled artillery as manufacturers touted for business with the British Army.

Among the heavy land platforms on display at DSEI 2021, self-propelled artillery systems occupied a prominent position on many of the largest stands.

Clearly aimed at the British Army’s Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme to procure a replacement for the venerable AS90 tracked 155mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), these systems highlighted the various approaches that can be taken to designing a modern SPH, the range of capabilities on offer and the strengths and weaknesses of different configurations.

By far the most prolific were wheeled SPHs mounted on military cross-country truck chassis, with platforms showcased by BAE Systems, Rheinmetall, Nexter, AM General …

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