PLZ-05 is known as the most modern self-propelled howitzer of the Chinese Army today.
Tensions between China and India make the risk of conflict possible at any time, but experts say, the possibility of a full-scale conflict is very unlikely between these “two Asian tigers”. But small conflicts, even artillery battles, may take place between the two countries. Confronting India’s K-9 and Dhanush self-propelled howitzers will be China’s PLZ-05.
PLZ-05 is known as the most modern self-propelled howitzer of the Chinese Army today. Its prototype appeared in 2003 and officially entered service in 2008. As of 2015, about 300 guns have been equipped with the People’s Liberation Army. China started working on a new self-propelled gun Type 05 in the mid-1990s, then it was renamed PLZ-05, and by 2003 the prototype was completed. This war machine is equipped with a 155mm main gun with an automatic reloading system copied from the Soviet 2S19 “Msta-S” self-propelled howitzer.
The PLZ-05 is armed with a 155 mm/L52 howitzer. It is a modified version of the AH2 towed howitzer. Its predecessor, the PLZ-45, was fitted with a shorter 155 mm/L45 howitzer. The PLZ-05 has a longer barrel, as well as longer range of fire and improved accuracy. Turret of the PLZ-05 was enlarged and resembles that of the Russian 2S19 Msta-S.
Secondary armament consists of a 12.7 mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof. The complete crew numbers four personnel with only the driver situated in the hull proper.