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The FH77B 155mm, 39 calibre guns

The FH 77 is one of the world's most revolutionary towed field artillery systems.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 12:53 IST

The FH 77 is one of the world's most revolutionary towed field artillery systems. It has an on-mount auxiliary power unit that gives the system self-propelled capability. APU also supplies power to the hydraulically supported operations, making it easy to handle. Besides these it has a fully integrated land navigation system that gives the coordinates of the gun position and automatic alignment of the barrel.

The Army had initially planned to acquire 1500 Bofors FH-77B howitzers, but due to the infamous 'Bofors Scandal' only 410 guns were purchased.

155 mm Bofors guns are the mainstay of the artillery fire power of Indian army. These guns were due for overhaul after 18 years of service-life depending upon their usage.


FH77B 155mm, 39 calibre guns

Crew: Six

Calibre: 155mm

Shield: None

Maximum Speed: 70 km/h; towed. -- 8 km/h; self-propelled.

Armament: 1 x 155mm Howitzer with ? rounds.

Gradient: 40%

Rate of Fire: 10 rounds a minute (maximum)

Gun Elevation/Depression: -3º to +70º

Traverse: ±60º in total

Maximum Ammunition Range: 24,000 metres - standard -- 30,000 metres - extended

Bofors

Bofors Defence AB was an iron works, cannon maker, and defence contractor located in Karlskoga, Sweden. It originates from the hammer mill "Boofors" founded 1646 but Bofors as a company was founded in 1873. Today Bofors is split in two parts: BAE Systems Bofors and Saab Bofors Dynamics.

Bofors most famous owner was Alfred Nobel who owned the company from 1894 until his death in December of 1896.

The name Bofors is strongly associated with a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun. It was one of the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft systems during World War II, used by most of the western

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 12:53 IST