The contract calls for the supply of a complete solution for an artillery unit, including self- propelled artillery, command stations, forward observation stations and target acquisition systems, as well as command and control systems, in an integrative solution to connect all systems. The solution, mounted on various wheeled – platforms, enhances mission flexibility, reaction speed and survivability of both the crew and the system.
Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land and C4I Division, commented: “The customer’s decision to order additional quantities under this follow-on contract further enhances Elbit Systems’ position as a world leading artillery supplier, with a variety of systems that meet the global demand for light, maneuverable and rapid response platforms.”
|ATMOS 155mm self-propelled howitzer|
This follow-on contract could have been signed with Thailand, which has reportedly ordered in 2012 six ATMOS-2000155mm self-propelled guns to be delivered between 2014 and 2015. According to reports on various sites, the Royal Thai Army purchased about 18 guns, with the possibility of joint production on the land of Thailand. According to pictures released on local websites, the first Elbit Systems’ SOLTAM ATMOS guns have been delivered to the Thai army in March.
The ATMOS-2000 (Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System) is a 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system manufactured by Soltam Systems, now part of Elbit Systems. The ATMOS is fitted with a 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance which conforms to NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU), and is mounted on a 6 × 6 cross-country truck chassis. With a 155 mm/52 barrel, a 41 km maximum range can be achieved, using Extended Range Full-Bore – Base Bleed (ERFB-BB) projectile, 30 km firing the NATO L15 High Explosive (HE) projectile and 24.5 km firing the older M107 HE projectile. The ATMOS 2000 carries a total of 27 155 mm projectiles and associated charges and can be operated by a 4 man crew, consisting of two loaders positioned one either side at the rear. The system provides a rate of fire of between 4 and 9 rds/min.