Infantry Weapons

Eurosatory 2018: Yugoimport offers fire support solutions

15 June 2018
The Yugoimport Shumadia 4-round MRL, which fires guided rockets to a maximum range of up to 285 km. Source: Christopher F Foss

The complete range of Serbian company Yugoimport’s truck-mounted self-propelled (SP) artillery systems was displayed for the first time outside the country at Eurosatory 2018.

Firing trials for company’s latest 155 mm/52 calibre SP artillery system, the Aleksandar, began recently but it is not expected to be qualified for production for several years.

The 8×8 system has a fully enclosed protected crew cab at the front and the remote-controlled mount armed with a 155 mm/52 calibre weapon is at the rear.

Behind the ordnance is the magazine with 12 rounds of ready-to-use 155 mm ammunition with another 12 rounds in reserve.

The Aleksandar is being marketed with a standard 23 litre chamber, which meets the NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU) or a larger 25 litre chamber.

The maximum range of the latter version is 37.5 km when firing a 155 mm extended range full bore (ERFB) projectile, which can be increased to 49 km using an ERFB-base bleed (ERFB-BB) projectile.

When firing the velocity enhanced artillery projectile (VLAP) that uses a combination of rocket assist and base bleed, a maximum range of 62 km is claimed.

In common with all artillery projectiles, the maximum range depends on factors including ambient weather conditions and the height at which the weapon is deployed.

The Aleksandar has a high rate of fire with a multiple round simultaneous impact (MRSI) capability of four 155 mm projectiles at a range of 25 km.

The weapon is fired remotely from inside the cab, which also contains the computerised fire control system (FCS) and land navigation system.

The ordnance is fitted with muzzle velocity radar that feeds information into the FCS.

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