G6 howitzer

The G6 self-propelled howitzer is a South African artillery piece, developed around the ordnance of the G5 howitzer. It is one of the most powerful self-propelled guns on a wheeled chassis.

In addition to the logistical mobility afforded by a wheeled chassis, the G6 is protected against counter battery fire and is able to defend itself in an unsecured area.

The chassis is mine-protected. The G6 is produced in South Africa by the Land Systems division of Denel. It entered production in 1987.

G6 howitzer
Class Vehicle
Type Self-Propelled artillery
Manufacturer Denel Land Systems
Origin South Africa
Country Name Origin Year
South Africa 1987
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Oman (Muscat) View
South Africa View
United Arab Emirates View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Denel Land Systems 1987 View

Type Self-propelled artillery
Place of origin South Africa
Service history
Used by South Africa, Oman, United Arab Emirates
Wars South African Border War
Production history
Manufacturer Denel
Produced 1987 – Current
Weight 46,500 kg (46.5 t)
Length 10.4 m (34 ft 1 in)
Width 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
Height 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
Crew 6
3–5 (G6-52 Extended Range)
Caliber 155 mm
Rate of fire G6-52: 8 rpm
G6 M1A3: 6 rpm
Sustained: 2 rpm
Effective firing range Standard: 30 km (19 mi)
Base bleed: 39 km (24 mi)
V-LAP: 52.5 km (32.6 mi)
M9703A1: 67 km (42 mi)
1 x 155mm T6 L/52 (Caliber: 155mm - Scope estimated 33 km to 42 km)
Engine air-cooled diesel
525 hp (391.49 kW)
Suspension 6×6
Road: 700 km (430 mi)
Off-road: 350 km (220 mi)
Speed Road: 85 km/h (53 mph)
Off-road: 30 km/h (19 mph)

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