Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) reported.
Talks are being held with the Azerbaijani side on the purchase and sale
of the military equipment. The sides are expected to sign the contract
by the end of this year.
The self-propelled howitzer produced by MKEK was put down on the
inventory of Turkish Armed Forces in 2004. Firtinas armament consists of
155 mm L52 artillery gun and 12.7 mm machine gun. Firtina can open fire
within 30 seconds. Maximum range of fire is 40 km. Through the Inertial
Navigation System produced by ASELSAN the howitzer is able to determine
the coordinates of the targets at 17.5 m.
Firtina has advantage over Soviet self-propelled howitzers like
Akatsiya, Gvozdika and Giatsin in the inventory of the Azerbaijani Army.
For firing range and efficiency it can be compared with the Pion 2C7
203 mm self-propelled howitzers.