The Chuch'e-Po has been developed by local 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 at least five distinct tracked vehicles mounting various heavy-caliber guns of Soviet-era origin. For example, one model sports the 122mm D-30 gun 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-class fire support weapons for the North Korean Army. Their tracked nature gives them relatively good cross-country capabilities and their guns, despite their Cold War origins, are proven battlefield solutions. The Chuch'e-po vehicles supersede the older Tokch'on SPGs in the same battlefield role (fire support). 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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FIRE SUPPORT / ASSAULT / BREACHING
Support allied forces through direct / in-direct fire, assault forward positions, and / or breach fortified areas of the battlefield.
30.7 ft (9.35 meters) Length
11.6 ft (3.55 meters) Width
8.2 ft (2.5 meters) Height
77,162 lb (35,000 kg) Weight
38.6 tons (Medium-class) Tonnage
1 x 12-cylinder diesel engine developing 750 horsepower driving conventional track-and-wheel arrangement. Drive System
28 mph (45 kph) Road Speed
264 miles (425 km) Road Range
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; dependent on armament fit as well.
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.
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