122 mm howitzer 2A18 (D-30)

122 Mm Howitzer 2A18 (D-30)

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122 mm howitzer 2A18 (D-30)

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The D-30, or 122-mm howitzer D-30 (GRAU index 2A18), is a Soviet howitzer that first entered service in the 1960s. It is a relatively light and handy weapon despite being heavy enough for sustained long range fire in the field. The D-30 has a maximum range of 15.4 kilometers, or over 21 km using RAP ammunition.

With its striking three-leg stabilising system the D-30 can be rapidly traversed through 360 degrees. Although no longer manufactured in FSU nations the D-30 is still manufactured internationally and is in service in more than 60 countries' armed forces.

The 2A18 gun is the primary weapon of the 2S1 self-propelled howitzer. There are also Egyptian, Chinese, and Syrian Self-propelled variants and conversions. The Syrian conversion utilizes the hull of a T-34 tank.

History

Work on a replacement for the M-30 howitzer began in the 1950s. The M-30 as a divisional weapon unified the roles of field and long range artillery commonly separated in other armies. The first lacked range, the second power; but the M30 combined in itself a compromise between the two, meeting most operational needs. With a 22 kg projectile and a range of almost 12 km, it was a weapon with longer range than Western field howitzers of 75–105 mm, and more mobile than heavy 149–155 mm howitzers. After the war the M-30 remained a favorite with Soviet forces, and has been kept in Russian service until almost the present day....
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