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Bandkanon

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Self-propelled howitzer

  • ORIGIN
    Sweden

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1960 - 1965

  • DESIGNER
    Bofors

  • PRODUCTION
    1966 - 1968

  • PRODUCERS
    Sweden

  • QUANTITY
    A total of 26 vehicles built, production complete.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Exceptional high rate of fire
    Well armored
    Very low speed

Introduction

The Bandkanon is a self-propelled howitzer of Swedish origin. It was developed in the early 1960's and at its time was one of the heaviest self-propelled howitzers in existence.

Layout

The Bandkanon uses a layout similar to early post World War 2 US self-propelled howitzers. The engine and drive train mounted in the front use similar components as the S-tank. The fixed superstructure in the rear houses the 155mm howitzer and allows for a limited traverse. The 155mm howitzer is connected to an automatic loading system and magazine that holds two clips of 7 rounds.

Firepower

The main armament is a 155mm 50-caliber howitzer with a maximum range of 25.6 km. The automatic loading system provides an exceptional maximum rate of fire of 14 rounds in 48 seconds. Reloading 14 rounds takes 2 minutes. A 7.62mm MAG machine gun is installed on the roof for self-defense.

Protection

The steel hull protects the five crewmembers from 12.7mm rounds, small arms fire and shell splinters. The Bandkanon is operated under full armor protection, except for reloading.

Mobility

The tracked chassis provides a good cross country performance. Due to its very low power to weight ratio both the road and cross country speed is very low, being 28 km/h at most. Power is provided by a combination of a diesel engine and gas turbine.

Users

The Bandkanon was used by Sweden from 1966 to 2003. A total of 70 units were planned, but due to budget cuts only 26 units were produced.

Variants

Bandkanon

The Bandkanon is a tracked self-propelled howitzer armed with a 155mm 50-caliber gun. It was produced in only one version, the Bandkanon 1A. In the late 1980's it was upgraded with a new engine and other automotive components and designated Bandkanon 1C.

TypeSelf-propelled howitzer
Crew5 (commander, gunner, driver, radio operator, loader)
Length6.55 m (hull), 11 m (gun forward)
Width3.37 m
Height3.25 m (turret top), 3.85 m (with MG)
Ground clearance0.37 m
Weight53.0 t combat load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseTracks
6 roadwheels, drive sprocket front
4.3 m length, 0.67 m width
Turn radius13 m
EngineBoeing Model 502/10MA gas turbine, 300 hp at 38.000 rpm
Rolls-Royce K60 diesel, 240hp at 3.750 rpm
Power ratio10.2 hp/t
Transmission1 direct gear, 1 cross country gear
Speed28 km/h on road, 9 km/h cross country
Fuel?
Range?
Wall?
Trench2 m
Gradient60% gradient, 30% slope
Fording1 m
ArmorSteel, 10 to 20 mm
NBC equipment?
Night vision?
Smoke-
Remarks-
Armament155mm L/50 howitzer
7.62mm MAG machine gun
Weapon1155mm L/50 howitzer
18 rounds in magazine
-3 to +40 degrees elevation
15 degrees left and right traverse
non-stabilized
Weapon27.62mm MAG machine gun
pintle mount at turret roof
manual elevation and traverse
non-stabilized
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Weapon5-
Weapon6-
TypeSelf-propelled howitzer
Crew5 (commander, gunner, driver, radio operator, loader)
Length6.55 m (hull), 11 m (gun forward)
Width3.37 m
Height3.25 m (turret top), 3.85 m (with MG)
Ground clearance0.37 m
Weight53.0 t combat load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseTracks
6 roadwheels, drive sprocket front
4.3 m length, 0.67 m width
Turn radius13 m
EngineBoeing Model 502/10MA gas turbine, 300 hp at 38.000 rpm
Detroit Diesel 6V53T diesel, 290 hp at 2.800 rpm
Power ratio11.1 hp/t
Transmission1 direct gear, 1 cross country gear
Speed28 km/h on road, 9 km/h cross country
Fuel?
Range?
Wall?
Trench2 m
Gradient60% gradient, 30% slope
Fording1 m
ArmorSteel, 10 to 20 mm
NBC equipment?
Night vision?
Smoke-
Remarks-
Armament155mm L/50 howitzer
7.62mm MAG machine gun
Weapon1155mm L/50 howitzer
18 rounds in magazine
-3 to +40 degrees elevation
15 degrees left and right traverse
non-stabilized
Weapon27.62mm MAG machine gun
pintle mount at turret roof
manual elevation and traverse
non-stabilized
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

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