nam, what I quoted is not the ordinance loading capability of FH77 or ATAGS (3 shells vs 6), but lifting the very heavy tow-arm manually from towing mode to firing position and vice-versa. Also ordinance-handling crane is a good feature, but can be supplanted during breakdown with a bucket-brigade or human-chain can be used to feed the ammo-tray of the gun, as is the case with the older guns.
Thanks for talking to a real live arty officer.
Russain 130 mm is a Gun Howitzer and has direct fire mode which allows use in plains and mountains for the high angle fire feature. However due to the trails, it has limitation on the elevation angle. Workarounds are there due to ingenuity of Indian soldier but they are workarounds.
A few questions :
The 105mm came in two different designs. http://ofbindia.gov.in/products/data/weapons/wlc/3.htm
The earlier version (IFG) had lot of negative feed back.
Is he familiar with the second version of LFG?
Yes electronic location and fire control allows more accurate gun laying.
Regarding electronic fuzes. Now these are more delicate then mechanical fuzes and shell balloting could cause premature fire in the barrel. How does IA control barrel wear as that is only feature under user control.
has he seen this muzzle strike in FH77 as is reported by TOI.
ramanaji, a few observations:
I did not clarify, but my assumption is that he was talking about the second version, since he is a mid-90s era cadet. Has served tours in Siachen during bad times.
Btw, the gun laying system's high altitude/extreme cold-weather issues with those coil springs (and other pinions), seem to have been reported in the L118 (and its variants) by both US as well as UK. Net has lots of pics with the those coil springs wrapped in cloth bagging
From wiki, american enhancements in Afghanistan:
Project Manager for Towed Artillery Systems (PM TAS) has developed several upgrades for the M119A3 including digital fire control, increased low temperature capability from −25 to −51 °F (−32 to −46 °C), and the M20 breech. The recoil system is also being upgraded, as the legacy system had reliability issues with the recuperator, buffer, and variable recoil linkage (which sets recoil length based on elevation); it had a lot of moving parts needing constant maintenance and adjustment during operations with high replacement rates of spares that are complex to manufacture and require specialized tooling to assemble, increasing costs and causing availability problems. The redesigned system operates the same, but modifies and simplifies some components, including a new buffer and recuperator with a majority of the components removed, and adds the Suspension Lockout System (SLOS) that fixes recoil length at 25 in (64 cm), which removes variable-recoil hardware, reduces stress on the carriage, and lowers buffer rod forces; the new system reduces cost, number of parts by 40 percent to 75, and overall weight by 45 lb (20 kg).
American troops with the gun (the gunny bag is visible )
Not sure I want to ask about muzzle strike, but will ask if there is any online or open source material about the same, which escaped our searches (eg; videos)