The 155 mm Donar was revealed in 2008, designed as a faster, lighter, more powerful and efficient artillery system than the PzH 2000 SPH.

The DONAR 155mm self-propelled howitzer is one of the rare joint venture defense products between the manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and General Dynamics. The DONAR self-propelled artillery system takes traditional artillery doctrine to a new level by integrating the howitzer module onto a highly maneuverable vehicle chassis.

The 155 mm Donar was revealed in 2008, designed as a faster, lighter, more powerful and efficient artillery system than the PzH 2000 SPH. The Donar is a further development of the Artillery Gun Module, which is an air-portable self-propelled howitzer designed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The system uses a modified ASCOD 2 IFV chassis with a newer, more efficient two-man turret with a fully automatic ammunition loading and handling system.

Donar 155 mm
Donar 155 mm

There is a truck-style independent cab at the front of the vehicle, and a modular turret is installed at the rear of the vehicle body, occupying most of the length of the chassis. Armored crew cabin provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Protection can be enhanced by add-on armor kit. Mine protection kit is optional. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

Donar’s main armament is a 155 mm howitzer mounted on a rotating turret. Vehicle has a crew of only two men. It has similar performance to the PzH 2000, however it significantly lighter and is cheaper to build. Ammunition load of the Donar was reduced to 30 rounds. Maximum range of fire depends on projectile and charge combination. It is 30 km with standard and 40 km with base bleed projectile. Using a South African VLAP rocket-assisted projectile a range of 56 km can be achieved. Maximum rate of fire is 6 rounds per minute, however this might be increased to 8 in production systems.

The Donar 155mm self-propelled howitzer weighs 31.5 tons, has a combat weight of 35 tons, has a total length of 10.3 meters, a body length of about 8 meters, a width of 2.8 meters, and a height of 3 meters. The maximum travel speed is 60 kilometers per hour and the range is 500 kilometers.

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