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Israel to replace howitzers

5th May 2017 - 12:16 GMT | by Joe Charlaff in Tel Aviv

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The IDF is about to replace its longstanding arsenal of M109 howitzers with a new 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled gun.

After a lengthy testing of all the potential alternatives, a special weapons committee recommended to MoD director general Maj Gen Udi Adam that Elbit Systems' proposal, based on the ATMOS system, is accepted.

The US-built 155mm M109 howitzer, the most common artillery system in the world, has been in IDF use for nearly 40 years.

A senior IDF artillery officer said that the new howitzer needed to have a higher rate of fire and a smaller crew than the

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