Serbian state-owned defence company Yugoimport has unveiled the MGS-25 Aleksandar, an indigenously developed 155 mm/52-calibre self propelled (SP) artillery system, at the Partner 2017 exhibition in Belgrade.
The MGS-25 prototype showcased at the event is based on the Russian-made 8x8 Kamaz-6560 chassis, although it features a locally designed armoured cab and weapon mounted with four hydraulically operated outriggers.
The prototype has an overall length of 11.4 m and a height and width of 3.85 m and 2.6 m respectively in transport configuration. With a ground clearance of 385 mm and a track of 2.05 m, it is capable of traversing 1.6 m trenches as well as ford waters up to 1.1 m deep.
A 400 hp supercharged diesel engine enables the MGS-25 to achieve a maximum stated road speed of 90 km/h and an operating range of 500 km.
The prototype shown at the Partner 2017 was armed with a 155 mm/52-calibre ordnance that is also employed by the company’s NORA B-52 SPG system. This has a 23-litre chamber, which makes it NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMOU)-compliant. Other new features include a newly designed gun carriage, cradle, elevation mechanism, and an automatic loader.
Yugoimport claims that the MGS-25 can come into and out of action within 1 minute. When deployed in firing mode, the ordnance can be traversed 30° in azimuth, with elevation limits from -5° to +65°.
The hydromechanic automatic loader, mounted immediately to the rear of the cab under ballistic protection, is outfitted with a pair of rotary magazines – each on either side of the ordnance – with a total capacity of 12 projectiles and associated charges. This enables the system to achieve a maximum rate of fire of 6 rounds/minute.
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