Soltam M-68

The M-68 was a 155 mm L33 caliber towed gun howitzer manufactured by Soltam Systems of Israel, and used by the Israeli Defense Force.

Soltam M-68
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Soltam Systems
Origin Israel
Country Name Origin Year
Israel 1970
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The M-68 is based on the Finnish designed 122 K 60 and 155 K 68 cannon series, first developed in the mid-1960s by the company Tampella Oy. Twelve Finnish cannons were built between 1970-1975, with more guns later built of later designs. These Tampella gun formed the basis for Soltam's production of the M-68 and later "Tampella series" guns. Before the 155 K 68 (Tampella), the 155HX prototype was shipped to Soltam for trials.

The first prototype was completed in 1968 for trials and evaluations by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), who were satisfied with the performance of the howitzer. Subsequently, an order was placed with Soltam and a production line was initiated in 1970. The gun entered IDF service in time to serve IDF artillery corps during the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Type Howitzer
Place of origin Israel
Service history
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Production history
Designer Soltam Systems
Designed 1968
Manufacturer Soltam
Produced 1970
Variants Soltam M-71
Specifications
Weight 9,500 kg (20,900 lb)
Barrel length 5.115 m (16 ft 9 in) L/33
Crew 8
Caliber 155 mm NATO
Breech horizontal block
Carriage split trail
Elevation -5°/75°
Traverse ±20° from centerline
Maximum firing range 21.0 km (13.0 mi)

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