Land Platforms

Rwanda displays previously unseen self-propelled artillery

12 December 2018

Rwandan soldiers are seen operating the CS/SH1 during the exercise at Gabiro. Source: Paul Kagame

A Chinese-made wheeled self-propelled artillery system was seen in service with the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) for the first time in photographs released by President Paul Kagame on 11 December.

The Rwandan president was viewing the final day of the annual combined arms exercise held at the Gabiro Combat Training Centre in northeast Rwanda.

In Chinese military service, the system is designated the PCL-09 and consists of the Chinese version of the Soviet D-30 gun-howitzer mounted on a Shaanxi 6×6 truck. Poly Technologies has marketed it for export as the CS/SH1, which is different from the SH1, a 155 mm self-propelled howitzer marketed by Norinco.

Rwandan media coverage of the exercise showed a single CS/SH1 being used in the direct-fire role alongside a 122 mm SH3 tracked self-propelled gun-howitzer, a type first seen in RDF service during the 2017 exercise. Both types use the same ordnance.

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