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Self-Propelled Gun (SPG)


Self-Propelled Gun (SPG)


The Chuche-Po Self-Propelled Gun is another North Korean local development intended to strengthen the fighting ranks of the Army.
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ORIGIN: North Korea
YEAR: 1982
MANUFACTURER(S): State Factories - North Korea
OPERATORS: North Korea

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Chuche-Po model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 30.68 feet (9.35 meters)
WIDTH: 11.65 feet (3.55 meters)
HEIGHT: 8.20 feet (2.5 meters)
WEIGHT: 39 Tons (35,000 kilograms; 77,162 pounds)
ENGINE: 1 x 12-cylinder diesel engine developing 750 horsepower.
SPEED: 28 miles-per-hour (45 kilometers-per-hour)
RANGE: 264 miles (425 kilometers)

1 x 122mm D-30 or D-74 howitzer OR 1 x 130mm M-46 or SM-4-1 howitzers OR 1 x 152mm ML-20 howitzer.

Not Available.

Series Model Variants
• Chuch'e-Po - Base Series Name
• Chuch'e-Po Type 1 - 122mm D-30 main gun
• Chuch'e-Po Type 2 - 122mm D-74 main gun
• Chuch'e-Po Type 3 - 130mm M-46 main gun
• Chuch'e-Po Type 4 - 152mm ML-20 main gun
• Chuch'e-Po Type 5 - 130mm SM-4-1 main gun


Detailing the development and operational history of the Chuche-Po Self-Propelled Gun (SPG).  Entry last updated on 10/8/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The Chuch'e-Po has been developed by North Korean military industry as a Self-Propelled Gun (SPG) platform. The system is based on the indigenous Ch'onma-ho Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis and represents a collection of five distinct tracked vehicles mounting various heavy guns (all of Soviet-era origin). One model sports the 122mm D-30 while another is given the 122 D-74 series weapon. The 130mm M-46 has also been witnessed as has the 152mm ML-20. Still another model is outfitted with the 130mm SM-4-1 howitzer system.

Regardless of weapon fit, the vehicles are intended as behind-the-line heavy fire support weapons for the North Korean Army. Their tracked nature gives them good cross-country capabilities and their guns, despite their Cold War origins, are proven battlefield commodities. The Chuch'e-po vehicles supersede the older Tokch'on SPGs in the same battlefield role. A primary advantage for tankers of the Chuch'e-Po is the wholly-enclosed turret design which is lacking in the earlier Tokch'on.


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