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122-mm 2A18 (D-30) Howitzer

D30

General Information

  • June 2010: ASA(ALT) MILDEP re-assignment of D-30 program to PEO-Ammunition/PM-TAS based on PMO towed howitzer acquisition experience
  • Refurbished Russian D-30 howitzers for the Afghanistan National Army (ANA)
  • Established a weapon Central Work Shop (CWS) refurbishment facility in Afghanistan
  • Trained the ANA on maintenance and refurbishment of D-30 howitzers in the CWS
  • 2016: PM-TAS awarded contract to procure spare cannons, breeches, fire control and fire control conversion kits for the Afghanistan National Army

Specs

  • Weight: 7,055 pounds
  • Max range: 15.4 km or 21.9km (assisted)
  • Rate of Fire: 10-12/min max, 5-6/min sustained
  • 6000 mil capable, being converted to 6400 mil (NATO standard)
  • Hydraulic or mechanical jack for carriage lift
  • Sight quadrants and telescopes for direct and indirect fire
  • Recoil mechanism above the gun
  • Vertical falling breech with auto cartridge extraction
  • Provides sustained fire
  • 360 degree traverse with 3 leg stabilizing system
  • Fires HEAT, smoke, illumination and chemical projectile

FMS/International Partners

  • Afghanistan

History

  • Soviet howitzer that entered service in the 1960s
  • Used by Soviet Union and allies as well as nonaligned and post-Soviet states in Cold war and many regional conflicts i.e. (Iran-Iraq War, War in Yugoslavia, Yom Kippur War)
  • D-30 is still manufactured internationally and is in service in more than 60 countries’ armed forces

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