C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

ITEC 2017: Van Halteren Defence unveils howitzer turret trainer

23 May 2017

Van Halteren Defence has developed a new PzH 2000 self-propelled 155 mm howitzer advanced turret trainer (ATT) for Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) as part of the latter's development of an indirect fire support tactical training centre for Qatar, which was revealed at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam.

A photo-impression of the new Van Halteren PzH 2000 artillery simulator. (Giles Ebbutt/Van Halteren)A photo-impression of the new Van Halteren PzH 2000 artillery simulator. (Giles Ebbutt/Van Halteren)

The ATT is based on an existing PzH 2000 hull and turret and is an evolutionary development of Van Halteren's existing howitzer trainers with an innovative system to recycle used training ammunition. It can be used inside and outside a building.

The turret has an elevation range of 5° to 65°, which enables training to fire at high angles for Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI). It provides a realistic firing rate including delivering the first three rounds in nine seconds.

The ATT uses Van Halteren's Ammunition Recognition System (ARES), which records ammunition data before and during firing and enables the simulator to detect the type of ammunition and charge loaded. This, together with elevation, direction, and meteorological data, enables the simulator to calculate the exact fall of shot.

Van Halteren has supplied howitzer crew trainers (HCT) to 13 countries. It has integrated HCTs at Israel's National Training Centre at Ze-elim Base with Bagira Systems' JOint-fire BattleSpace Simulator (JOBSS), using Bagira's Digital Dust core technology software. The facility opened in February 2017 and JOBSS has also been installed at the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) artillery school at Shivta Base, at the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps school, and the IDF Officers' Academy.

JOBSS is part of the IDF Artillery Corps' Artillery and Fire Control Training System (AFCTS) project, which provides facilities for fire direction, call-for-fire, and joint fires management training. JOBSS includes classroom and dome trainers as well as portable facilities.

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