New Chinese 155 mm SPH also in service with PLA's 74th Group Army

by Samuel Cranny-Evans

The People’s Liberation Army Ground Force’s (PLAGF’s) new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) – believed to have the designation PLC-181 – has also entered service with an artillery brigade under the PLA’s 74th Group Army.

Chinese military vehicles attached to an artillery brigade under the PLA’s 74th Group Army photographed at an undisclosed location on 7 June. Among the vehicles are Dongfeng Mengshi CSK181 4×4 armoured vehicles (front) and several units of the new 155 mm SPH by Norinco (background). (Via China Military Online)

Chinese military vehicles attached to an artillery brigade under the PLA’s 74th Group Army photographed at an undisclosed location on 7 June. Among the vehicles are Dongfeng Mengshi CSK181 4×4 armoured vehicles (front) and several units of the new 155 mm SPH by Norinco (background). (Via China Military Online)

The PLA-sponsored China Military Online website published on 10 June images showing several vehicles belonging to this group army – which is part of the PLA’s Southern Theatre Command – among which were several units of the 6×6 SPH, which is manufactured by China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) and has the export designation SH-15.

Besides the artillery brigade in the 74th Group Army, the new SPH has been reported to be in service with an artillery brigade in the 75th Group Army – also part of the Southern Theatre Command – an artillery brigade in the 73th Group Army (in the Eastern Theatre Command), and also with an artillery brigade in the Tibet Military District.

The system features an automatic gun-laying system, a semi-automatic ammunition loading system, a digitised control board, and also has room for six personnel in the cabin area (including the driver).

No further details were provided about the 25-tonne SPH or other PLAGF units currently operating the system, which has been in service since at least January 2019.

More recently, on 7 July, the state-owned Global Times

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