China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) (Hall 5, H521) is showing its total fire support capability at Eurosatory this year, albeit in model form only. This includes an extensive range of tracked and wheeled self-propelled (SP) artillery systems, but also towed artillery systems, artillery rocket systems, ammunition and the essential target acquisition systems.
China has moved away from the Russian 152mm calibre to the standard NATO 155mm calibre and is marketing the 155mm/ 52 calibre PLZ52 tracked SP artillery system and its associated ammunition resupply vehicle, alongside the older 155mm/ 45 calibre PLZ45 SP system that has been sold to at least two countries in the Middle East.
An increasing number of countries are now moving to wheeled SP artillery systems and Norinco is filling this gap with its SH1 155mm/52 calibre system on a 6x6 platform with a protected cab.
Towed artillery systems are not neglected and these include the AH1 155mm/45 calibre and the AH2 155mm/52 calibre; both of these have an auxiliary propulsion unit.
Norinco has now completed development of its latest AH4 155mm/39 calibre gun howitzer that is very similar in concept to the BAE Systems M777 but uses lightweight materials, which has enabled its weight to be reduced to 4.26 tonnes for use by rapid deployment forces.
Norinco is also marketing at least three types of 122mm SP artillery systems, the tracked SH3 and the wheeled SH2 and CS/SH1.
To provide fire support at longer ranges is the AR3 guided multi-launch rocket system, which can carry pods of 370mm or 300mm unguided or guided rockets to allow for precision target engagement out to 280km.