Un nouveau véhicule blindé d'artillerie, le DONAR

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Un nouveau véhicule blindé d'artillerie, le DONAR

Message  Imad Eddin AL-HAMADANI le Mer 30 Déc - 6:26

Un nouvel automoteur de 155mm proposé par les Teutons de KMW et General Dynamics European Land Systems.

Le marché visé est le remplacement des M109, AS90, K9 et autres canons en service actuellement.

Citer:
KMW and GDELS to produce advanced artillery systems
05.06.2008

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Munich, and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), Vienna, are teaming to develop and market a new generation, air deployable, autonomous and remotely operated 155mm artillery system. The system 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.

Frank Haun, CEO of KMW, and John C. Ulrich, President of General Dynamics European Land Systems, share the value of this partnership: “We share the value of the collaboration. This program it is a significant innovation and will benefit all.”

The KMW / GD ELS system, called the DONAR, provides capabilities that will change conventional artillery doctrine. DONAR not only reduces crew and logistics requirements, but also provides for autonomous operations. The system is targeted to replace legacy systems (e.g., M109, AS90, K9, etc.) in service with modern armies.

A first prototype has already undergone rigorous mobility and fire trials at the test facility of the German procurement agency BWB (Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung), and will be displayed during this year’s defence exhibition EUROSATORY in Paris, France.

The DONAR is a joint European technology program of GD ELS and KMW that utilizes specific resources and shared skills between the companies, creating true value for European and international defence forces. The joint effort also follows the growing European trend towards enhanced multinational industry cooperation in the land system sector.

Unique system features: one solution
DONAR possesses multiple features that are unique to the worldwide artillery community.

Air transportability - the total systems weights less than 31 metric tons, allowing it to be transported in the future European Transport Aircraft A400M or similar aircraft with payload capacities in this class.

Autonomous operation - The completely remotely operated artillery module is equipped with a 155mm (52 cal.) cannon, giving it the advanced fire power of an PzH2000. DONAR’s maximum range amounts to more than 56 kilometers (vlap). Its on-board ammunition supply includes 30 fuzed 155 mm shells and a corresponding number of charge modules. Despite a marked reduction in weight and size, the gun module is operational without any additional stabilization and provides a 360-degree azimuth range. In addition, the autonomous system character of DONAR allows a consistent step towards networked, centralised command and control (network centric warfare).

High mobility & survivability - The system possesses the high mobility of an Infantry Fighting Vehicle, derived from an adapted ASCOD 2 version for artillery applications. Separated from the automatic gun module, a crew of only two soldiers (driver and commander) operate the system from a highly protected driver cabin, increasing survivability and allowing for extremely rapid fire and movement manoevers. The system\'s survivability is enhanced by both its low silhouette and from the cabin\'s protection against ballistic impact and shell fragments from artillery and mortar ammunition - the cabin meets a very high NATO protection standard.


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