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​China Developed Self-Propelled Howitzer and Is Already Selling It for Export Together With russian Krasnopol Guided Projectile’s Copy

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Handover of Chinese SH-15 self-propelled howitzer to the Ethiopian armed forces, April 2023 / Photo: CTNSIS
Handover of Chinese SH-15 self-propelled howitzer to the Ethiopian armed forces, April 2023 / Photo: CTNSIS

It is interesting that this self-propelled artillery installation is sold as a "supplement" to the Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, sold for export back in 1999

The Polish portal Defence24, citing African media, writes that Ethiopia received from China at least 32 SH-15 wheeled 155 mm self-propelled howitzes, which is an export version of the PLC-181 type self-propelled howitzers.

It is interesting that these Chinese SH-15 howitzes were originally intended for the enemy of Ethiopia - the so-called Tigra Liberation Front (TPLF), against which the Ethiopian government troops waged a war from November 2020 to November 2022. But since the Chinese did not have time to produce these self-propelled guns for the Tigrayans, in the end they gave these SH-15 howitzers to the Ethiopian armed forces.

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Ethiopian Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, approximately February 2023, Defense Express
Ethiopian Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, approximately February 2023 / Illustrative photo from open sources

The Ethiopian military is happy about this reinforcement, because until now only 10 units of 2C19 Msta-S howitzers purchased from Russia in 1999 were registered in the Ethiopian army "on paper".

Handover of Chinese SH-15 self-propelled howitzers to the Ethiopian armed forces, April 2023, Defense Express
Handover of Chinese SH-15 self-propelled howitzers to the Ethiopian armed forces, April 2023 / Photo: CTNSIS

It is known that SH-15 artillery system is based on the AH-2 155 mm/L52 howitzer, which is able to fire any standard 155 mm NATO ammunition. Its firing range is up to 53 km, provided that an active-reactive projectile is used. The declared rate of fire for the Chinese SH-15 is 4-6 shots per minute, the time to deploy to a combat position is up to 1 minute.

Chinese GP1 guided projectile, a licensed copy of the russian the Krasnopol guided artillery shel, Defense Express
Chinese GP1 guided projectile, a licensed copy of the russian the Krasnopol guided artillery shell / Photo from open sources

The ammunition лше is 27 shells. It is noted that the SH-15 self-propelled howitzer can fire both standard NATO ammunition as well as 155 mm projectiles manufactured by the Chinese Norinco, in particular, a "localized" copy of the russian the Krasnopol guided artillery shell, which is produced in GP1 versions (firing range up to 20 km) and GP6 (range unknown).

Open sources claim that China bought technology and capacity for the production of Krasnopol-type guided artillery projectiles from the russian federation in the late 1990s, and apparently created a copy of this projectile with a caliber of 155 mm.

Unsuccessful use of Chinese GP1 guided projectile in Libya, Defense Express
Unsuccessful use of Chinese GP1 guided projectile in Libya / Photo: Armament Research Services
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