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Panter

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Towed howitzer

  • ORIGIN
    Turkey

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1990's

  • DESIGNER
    MKEK & ST Kinetics

  • PRODUCTION
    2002 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Turkey - MKEK

    Licensed production:
    Pakistan - Heavy Industries Taxila

  • QUANTITY
    Over 250 produced of nearly 500 ordered, production continues.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Long range
    Autonomous mobility with APU
    High burst rate of fire
    Limited sustained rate of fire
    Large and heavy

Introduction

The Panter is a modern towed howitzer of Turkish origin. It was designed in the 1990's by MKEK for a Turkish army requirement. The T-155 Firtina self-propelled howitzer is the premier howitzer in Turkish service, but a long range towed howitzer is a cost-effective way to

Layout

The Panter has many design influences of the FH-2000 and looks rather similar. The 52-caliber ordnance has a double baffle muzzle brake and fires 155mm NATO shells. The four wheel split trail carriage is fitted with an APU. Castor wheels are located at the end of each trail. When towed the ordnance is rotated 180 degrees to reduce overall lenght. In the firing position a circular base plate is used to raise the wheels off the ground. There is no gun shield to protect the 6 men crew. A digital fire control system and hydraulic rammer are fitted.

Firepower

The Panter has a maximum range of 40 km with ERFB-BB rounds, 30 km with M549A1 rocket assisted projectiles and 18 km with regular M107 ammunition. Burst fire is 3 rounds in 15 seconds. Maximum rate of fire is 6 rpm for 1 minute and 2 rpm continuously.

Mobility

The Panter is towed by a 6x6 truck and can be towed at speeds of up to 80 km/h on asphalt roads. The truck also seats the crew and carries the ammunition. In the field the APU can be used to move short distances at 20 km/h.

Users

The Panter is used by the Turkish army, which has a requirement for 400 units. The Panter was exported to Pakistan and is also produced under license.

Variants

Panter

The Panter is a modern self-propelled howitzer with long range ordnance and APU. The design was derived from the FH-2000 produced in Singapore and it looks rather similar. There are no variants of the Panter.

TypeTowed howitzer
Crew6
Ordnance155mm L/52 howitzer
Elevation-3 to +65°
Traverse20° left and right
Rate of fire3 rounds in 15 seconds, 6 rpm for 1 minute, 2 rpm sustained
Range40 km with ERFB-BB rounds, 30 km with M549A1 RAP, 18 km with M107
Carriage4 wheel split trail carriage, 2 castor wheels, APU
Weight18 t
Length11.6 m (travelling)
Width?
Height?
Towing vehicle6x6 truck
Speed20 km/h on APU, 80 km/h towed on roads
RemarksDeutz 160 hp air-cooled diesel APU fitted for autonomous movement

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