New cannon will replace the Doher, as part of multi-year plan

Date: 20/09/2011, 9:48 PM     Author: Daniella Bokor

The Artillery Corps is continuing its consideration of new cannon systems, as part of a multi-year plan.

At this point, the two primary cannon systems being looked at are one that is manufactured by the Israeli Elbit company and another that is manufactured by a German company and will be built in the United States.

The Artillery Corps is seeking a cannon system with increased range, quicker rate of fire and enhanced ability to be loaded automatically.

The new cannon system that will be chosen is expected to replace the Doher 155mm cannon system that has been used for many years by IDF (Zahal) artillery units.

This Elbit cannon system under consideration is called ATMOS and is transported by truck. It fires a 155mm shell and has a range of more than 40 kilometers.

The other cannon system being looked at is made by the German KMW company and is called the AGM. It also fires a 155mm shell and has a range of more than 40 kilometers. It can fire up to six shells per minute.