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Infantry Weapons

NORINCO develops 76.2 mm mobile air-defence system

01 March 2017

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has released details of its latest 76.2 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG), which is designated as the SA2.

The SA2 is mounted on a 6x6 cross-country truck chassis that is also used for a number other applications developed by Chinese defence manufacturers. Mounted on the rear of the platform is a remote-controlled turret armed with a 76.2 mm/59 gun.

The system is stated as having a cyclic firing rate of up to 110 rds/min, but as only 49 rounds of 76.2 mm ready-use ammunition are carried it will likely only fire in short bursts. The turret has a powered traverse through a full 360° and weapon elevation is from -2° to 85°.

The NORINCO SA2 76.2 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with its remote-controlled turret traversed to the front and showing some of the lowered stabilisers. (Christopher F Foss)The NORINCO SA2 76.2 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with its remote-controlled turret traversed to the front and showing some of the lowered stabilisers. (Christopher F Foss)

The complete SA2 SPAAG system has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 28 tonnes, a maximum road speed of 80 km/h and a cruising range of up to 450 km.

NORINCO claims an effective slant range of up to 10 km and an effective ceiling of 8 km - the range against fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is quoted as 10 km and 6 km against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and cruise missiles.

The system also has a secondary capability against some types of ground-based targets as well as coastal craft; the effective range in this role is quoted as 3 km.

Exact details of the natures of 76.2 mm ammunition fired by the weapon have not been revealed by NORINCO, but the weapon has a dual-feed system. In addition to conventional rounds of ammunition it can also fire a laser-guided projectile to provide an enhanced single shot kill (SSK) probability. The system is fitted with a muzzle velocity radar which feeds information to the fire-control computer.

The ordnance is also fitted with a fuze setting device and it is assumed that the weapon can fire a programmable round containing sub-munitions which are effective against smaller targets such as cruise missiles and UAVs.

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