Donar Artillery Gun Module
Late in 2004, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann revealed that it had built the prototype of a 155 mm self-propelled artillery gun based on the chassis of the US-developed Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). This system is called the Artillery Gun Module (AGM) and has been developed as a private venture to meet the future potential operational requirements of the German Army. The hull and cab of the 155 mm/52 calibre AGM is of all-welded aluminium armour that provides the occupants with protection from small arms fire, shell splinters and NBC attack. The system has a crew of two people.
The idea was to develop a gun module that is capable of being mounted on trucks, wheeled armored vehicles, tracked armored vehicles and even a ship. The mission spectra of the AGM ranges from classical artillery fire support to the deployment as a C-RAM system. In addition, due to its autonomous system character, the AGM is a consequent step towards network-centric warfare. Depending on the weight of the carrier vehicle, the AGM can be strategically deployed by aircraft and is hence a mobile tactical component.
Characteristics and capabilities of the AGM
- Unmanned and autonomous 155 MM / L52 artillery module
- Fully automatic loading of rounds and modular propellants
- Superior range and area coverage
- Capable of Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI)
- Inductive fuse programming
- Built-In Test Equipment (BITE) System
- Deployable as a C-RAM system
- Flexible integration onto suitable wheeled and tracked vehicle chassis
- Autonomy in navigation and fire control
- Weapon load of 30 rounds
- Fully automatic aiming
- High mobility on corresponding chassis
The AGM is equipped with an electrically powered and digitally controlled automatic munition loader for the loading and unloading of the ammunition magazine as well as for the loading of the weapon from the magazine. The system is rounded off by the newly developed magazine for propellants with a corresponding loader which fully automatically loads the propellants. An inductive fuse programming is integrated into the loading sequence. The weapon as well as parts of the automatic munition loader are identical to those of the PzH 2000. The origin of the AGM was the PzH 2000, the most effective tube artillery system in the world, designed as a key component of network-centric warfare.
The main mission focus is on mechanized operations in a highly technologized battlefield. In addition, the PzH 2000 is an adaptable weapon system which can be used for indirect fire support in both conventional missions as well as asymmetric combat scenarios, such as in Afghanistan. The PzH 2000 is in use with four NATO member states. To date, more than 330 systems have been produced and supplied. Since September 2006 the PzH 2000 has successfully been deployed in Afghanistan. Together with the Canadian Forces the PzH 2000 of the Royal Netherlands Army could prove its international leading position, amongst others, during the Operation MEDUSA by reliably supporting the ISAF troops in Afghanistan.
The Donar is a further development of the Artillery Gun Module (AGM). The Donar 155-mm self-propelled howitzer was jointly developed by Kraus-Maffei Wegmann and General Dynamics. It was revealed in 2008. This artillery system is named after Germanic pagan god of thunder. A more well-known Scandinavian name is Thor. This artillery system was designed as faster, lighter, more powerful and more efficient artillery system than the PzH 2000 SPH. The Donar has already completed a series of trials. Although the original application of the AGM was for installation on the standard tracked MLRS carrier chassis, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann is now studying a number of other applications. These include other tracked chassis, 6 × 6 and 8 × 8 wheeled chassis, a stand alone version and naval applications.
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) integrated its Artillery Gun Module (AGM) onto the ARTEC Boxer multirole armoured vehicle (MRAV), the company revealed at Eurosatory in Paris in June 2014. This is the first public appearance of the AGM configured Boxer, which is scheduled to undergo firing tests at the Meppen firing range in Germany.
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