This is the most powerful self-propelled howitzer on the planet

Howitzers are long-range rifles and are among the main weapons of artillery. Self-propelled howitzer army Vehicles serving in the armed forces artillery and of course howitzers. These weapons support ground operations with their firepower, so obviously one of their most important elements is their offensive capabilities.

For decades, we have seen self-propelled howitzers play a critical role in conflicts, and even the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War is no exception to this perception. Now, after the largest battles took place in the open Donbass, artillery units of both armies are fighting each other to the death. Given the importance of artillery, and more specifically howitzers, countries around the world such as Germany and Russia wanted the most powerful military weapons of this class. Other countries wanted to compete in this area and tried to design self-propelled howitzers. The results were not always perfect, but very lethal weapons of this type were produced and used. Let’s look at the ten self-propelled howitzers with the highest firepower on the planet!

10 2S19 Msta-S2S19 Msta-S Howitzer

Self-propelled howitzer 2S19 began to serve the army of the USSR in 1989 and now serves the armed forces of Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ukraine and Venezuela. Reports say that Russia possesses approximately 550 of these weapons. The weapon is semi-automatically charged and takes standard 152mm shells for the Soviet and Russian military. Their rate of fire ranges from 7 to 8 shells per minute, they carry 50 shells inside the vehicle and have a maximum range of 15.5 to 18 miles.

9 AS90 Braveheart

The British-made AS90 howitzer has been serving the UK army since 1993 in the amount of 179 units. The weapon features an automatic reloading system, while the howitzer can fire all 155mm NATO ammunition.

Their rate of fire is 6 shells per minute, they have 48 stored, and they can hit targets at a maximum distance of 15.3 to 20 miles.

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8 crab

The Polish Krab turret is identical to the turret of the AS90 howitzer. The first two self-propelled guns were delivered to the armed forces of the country in 2021. Therefore, given this fact, the Krab is a newly developed weapon. The Polish weapon is also one of the howitzers on the list that features a cannon capable of firing all 155mm NATO standard ammunition. It fires 6 shells per minute, while its maximum capacity and range is 60 shells and 18.6 to 24.8 miles accordingly.

7 M109A7 Paladin

The first American on the list, the M109A7 is an improved version of the well-known M109 self-propelled howitzer. Paladin production was approved in 2013, while the first units were delivered a few years later. The vehicles feature a new automatic reloading system. The American self-propelled howitzer has a rate of 4 shells per minute, while it can carry 39 shells with it. Maximum range is 18.6 to 24.8 miles.

6 plz-05

And here we have a Chinese-made weapon, a self-propelled howitzer called PLZ-05. Although its official name is PLZ-05, many reports refer to the car with the designation 05. Some sources indicate that the PLZ-05 automatic reloading system is a copy of the reloading systems used on the Russian 2S19 Msta-S . The available shells are 155 mm. The Chinese weapon can fire 8 to 10 shells per minute, while it can carry 30 shells for a mission. Maximum range is 25.8 miles.

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5 write 99

The Type 99 is a Japanese self-propelled howitzer produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Japan Steel Works. The Type 99 has a rate of fire of 6 shells per minute, but its capacity is still unknown. Its range is between 18.6 to 23.6 miles.

The Japanese armed forces have a small amount of these weapons. It should be noted that the Type 99 was never exported to a foreign country.

4 K9 Thunder

The K9 Thunder is one of the most fearsome weapons in South Korea and the only howitzer on the list that has been developed and produced in the country. Its development began in 1989, while the weapon went into service in 1999, replacing the older K55 howitzer. Thunder serves in great numbers even today.

The South Korean timepiece comes with a firing rate of 6 shells per minute, can store 48 shells, and has a range of 18.6 to 24.8 miles.

3 plz-52

The new Chinese self-propelled howitzer, PLZ-52, is an improved version of the PLZ-05 for the Chinese army. Although it is one of the most powerful in the world, it is primarily designed for export and not for the armed forces of the Asian country. The PLZ-52 features a new turret capable of providing impressive firepower capabilities.

PLZ-52 has a rate of fire from 8 to 10 shells per minute, has a capacity of 30 to 40 shells, and can destroy targets at a maximum distance of 33 miles.

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2 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV

2S35 Koalitsiya-SV is the latest Russian self-propelled howitzer, designed as a replacement for the 2S19 Msta-S. The first batch of weapons was delivered to the Russian army in 2015 and consisted of 12 units. Even if it looks like the 2S19 Msta-S, it’s a completely different weapon.

The latest Russian self-propelled howitzer can fire 8 shells per minute, carrying with it a huge amount of 60-70 shells. The maximum distance that the ammunition can reach ranges from 18.6 to 43.5 miles.

1 PzH 2000

You might expect an American-made weapon at the top of the list, but the German PzH 2000 wins any competition for the most powerful self-propelled howitzer on the planet. Although the initial plan of the German armed forces was to acquire 1254 howitzers, in 1996 this number was reduced to 185 units. The vehicle features a fully automatic reloading system with an ammunition management system. It should be noted that, like the Leopard main battle tank, the PzH 2000 was very successfully exported to many countries, especially in Europe.

Along with a 155 mm howitzer, the vehicle comes with secondary armament from a 7.62 mm machine gun on the roof. In addition, the frontal armor of the PzH 2000 protects the weapon from 14.5-mm shells. The armor covering the surviving vehicle could survive strikes from small shells or shrapnel from artillery strikes. The maximum rate of fire is 9 shells per minute, while its capacity is 60 shells. The maximum range of the howitzer is limited to 18.6 to 24.8 miles.

Last but not least, we should note that the maximum range with base liquefaction rounds is about 24.8 miles. Although there are sources that indicate a range of 34.8 miles using the South African VLAP missile-assisted projectile.