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155mm 8x8 Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer Vehicle [ 2021 ]

The Slovakian-originated ZUZANA 2 is modernized version of the earlier ZUZANA utilized by Slovakian and Cyprus forces.

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The ZUZANA 2 is a modernized follow-up design to the original ZUZANA 155mm 8x8 wheeled self-propelled gun platform originating from Slovakia in 1998 (detailed elsewhere on this site), itself a revision of the original 152mm-armed DANA vehicle from the former Czechoslovakia. The newer design, accepted into service by Slovak forces in July of 2021 and continues the same battlefield role of its predecessor - fielding a powerful 155mm caliber traversable main gun atop an all-wheel heavy-duty military truck chassis. The gun is given complete 360-traversal in the new arrangement and carries an operating crew of just three (unlike the ZUZANA which carried four personnel). Trials of the vehicle were undertaken in late-2009 and the Army service committed to twenty-five of the type.

In the ZUZANA 2, the driver sits in a forward-set cabin ahead and under the main gun armament. Two forward axles and two rear axles are showcased in the design. The wheeled arrangement is suitable for driving on paved roads as well as cutting across country as needed, keeping the vehicle as mobile and tactically useful as possible. Each hull side has four large, rubber-tired roadwheels offering considerable ground clearance and traction as well as weigh displacement. The enclosed, powered turret is set over midships and features a manually-powered 12.7mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) at the commander's cupola (aimed via iron sights). To either side of the turret is a bank of four smoke grenade dischargers allowing for a self-screening action to be had. Basic ballistics protection is had through the angled armor faces and armored screens can be raised or lowered over the window panes for added protection.©MilitaryFactory.com
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July 2021 - The Slovak Army has officially accepted deliveries of the first Zusana 2 vehicles into service.



Service Year

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In Limited Service.

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Fire Support / Assault / Breaching
Support allied forces through direct / in-direct fire, assault forward positions, and / or breach fortified areas of the battlefield.
Special Purpose
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Firing On-the-Move
A modern quality, onboard systems provide accuracy to primary armament allowing for firing on-the-move.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled Armor
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Aircraft / Air-Defense Capable
System is given an anti-aircraft defense component to protect itself from low-flying aerial threats at range.
In-Direct Fire Capable
This system's capability is such that it can engage targets / target areas without Line-of-Sight attained.
Psychological Effect
Ability to provide lethal, in-direct firepower at range for area saturation; can include nuclear, biological, and chemical agents.

42.7 ft
13 m
10.2 ft
3.1 m
11.0 ft
3.35 m
71,650 lb
32,500 kg
35.8 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the 155mm SpGH Zusana 2 production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Diesel-fueled engine driving 8x8 all-wheel arrangement.
46.6 mph
(75.0 kph)
472.2 mi
(760.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the 155mm SpGH Zusana 2 production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 155mm main gun in turret front face.
1 x 12.7mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) on turret roof at commander's cupola.
8 x Smoke grenade dischargers.

Supported Types

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Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of a tank heavy machine gun
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
35 x 155mm projectiles (estimated).
500 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated).
8 x Smoke grenades.

SpGH Zusana 2 - Base Series Designation.

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Image from the Slovakian Ministry of Defense; Public Release.
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Image from the Slovakian Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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