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Turkish Army makes rapid move to acquire new wheeled SP howitzer

6th September 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in London

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The Arpan is based on an 8x8 truck chassis powered by a 600hp diesel coupled to an automatic transmission. It uses the same ordnance as the tracked Firtina SPH. (Image: ASFAT)

The Turkish Army will enhance its firepower with the Arpan Howitzer 155, a new wheeled sefl-propelled artillery system designed to complement the existing tracked Firtina.

To supplement its existing fleet of Firtina 155mm/52cal tracked SP artillery systems, the Turkish Army is to deploy a new wheeled gun, the Arpan Howitzer 155.

It is understood that the first order is for 40 systems which would be sufficient for two regiments each of 18 guns with six to a battery. The remaining four would be used for training and reserves.

The Arpan is produced under the leadership of ASFAT (Military Factory and Shipyard Management) with the assistance of other Turkish contractors including MKEK for the 155mm weapon and associated ammunition suite.

The 52cal ordnance has a 23l chamber

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Christopher F Foss

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Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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