Soltam M-71

The M-71 is a 155 mm 39 calibre towed howitzer manufactured by Soltam, Israel.

Soltam M-71
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Soltam Systems
Origin Israel
Country Name Origin Year
Israel 1975
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Chile View
Israel View
Philippines View
Singapore View
Slovenia View
South Africa View
Thailand (Siam) View
Botswana View
Myanmar View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Soltam Systems 1975 View

The weapon was based on the earlier Soltam M-68 and uses the same recoil system, breech and carriage but had a longer gun barrel (39 calibre versus 33 calibre of M-68). It is fitted with a compressed air-driven rammer to permit rapid and ease of loading at all angles of elevation as well as having a rechargeable battery mounted on the right trail for auxiliary power. It can fire a 43.7 kilograms (96 lb) high-explosive shell up to a maximum range of 23.5 kilometers (14.6 mi) at a muzzle velocity of 820 meters per second (2,700 ft/s).

In addition to Israel, this weapon is in service with Chile, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, Slovenia and Myanmar. A version of this weapon was developed to mount on a modified Centurion chassis (M-72), but this vehicle never reached production.

Type Howitzer
Place of origin Israel
Service history
Used by See users
Production history
Designer Soltam
Designed 1974
Manufacturer Soltam
Produced 1975
Variants Soltam M-68
Specifications
Weight 9,200 kg (20,300 lb)
Barrel length 6.045 m (19 ft 10 in) L/39
Crew 8
Caliber 155 mm NATO
Breech horizontal block
Carriage split trail
Elevation -5°/75°
Traverse ±20° from centerline
Muzzle velocity 820 m/s (2,700 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 23.5 km (14.6 mi)

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