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Excalibur Army MORANA (Death)

8x8 Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) Vehicle [ 2027 ]

The MORANA technology demonstrator is a joint Czech-Slovak development evolving the ZUZANA self-propelled vehicle line.

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The MORANA ("Death") is a Czech / Slovak developed Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) system offering a large-caliber in-direct-fire battlefield solution coupled with inherent mobility. The technology-demonstrating vehicle is an evolution of the same concept realized through the DANA (ZUZANA) and ZUZANA 2 designs (both detailed elsewhere on this side) mounting powerful guns on all-wheeled chassis. As the battlefield continues to evolve to become ever more mobile, the MORANA will surely find buyers across the military market of Europe and beyond.

The vehicle is a joint-development between Czech-based Excalibur Army (responsible for the chassis / hull) and Slovak-based ZTS Special (developing the main gun armament).

The chassis is supported by an 8x8 all-wheeled arrangement with four axles set about in pairs, well-spaced to displace the entire weight of the vehicle. The roadwheels are large with run-flat capability and the chassis is suspended high off the ground offering excellent clearance for the military truck. The turret is seated over the rear section of the chassis, a departure from the previous DANA iterations which sat the emplacement over midships. The electro-hydraulic-powered turret is optionally manned while the standard operating crew resides in the lightly-armored, four-door cab at the bow. The powerpack sits just aft of the driving enclosure.

The vehicle has basic protection against buried land mines and guerilla-style Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Vision ports are of small-area design, strong enough to resist small-caliber fire as well as artillery spray.

The featured weapon on the MORANA is a proven 155 /L52 caliber gun given elevation and traverse through the powered turret system. This allows the gun to face left or right up to 60-degrees from centerline relative to the vehicle's facing. The mobile aspect of the overall design means the vehicle can set up, fire its gun, and relocate within minutes - frustrating seek-and-destroy aerial systems such as fighters and attack drones. A fully-stabilized, all-digital Fire Control System (FCS) ensures accuracy at-range. Beyond this is a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) - "Guardian Secutor" - system featuring a 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) for dealing with inbound aerial threats and light-armored vehicles.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Czech Republic (Czechia) / Slovakia

Program in Progress.

Excalibur Army - Czechia / Czech Republic; ZTS Special - Slovakia
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National flag of Czechia National flag of Slovakia Czechia / Czech Republic (possible); Slovakia (possible)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Anti-Aircraft / Airspace Denial
Base model or variant can be used to search, track, and neutralize airborne elements at range.
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.
Remote Weapon Station (RWS)
Vehicle supports a remote-operated weapons station, reducing crew exposure to outside dangers.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Recoil Enhancement
Main weapon has an integral recoil mechanism, allowing the system to remain trained-on-target after firing.
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.
Remote Weapons Station
Vehicle supports an unmanned weapons station controlled remotely from within the safety of the vehicle.
In-Direct Fire Capable
This system's capability is such that it can engage targets / target areas without Line-of-Sight attained.

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 Excalibur Army MORANA production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Turbocharged diesel-fueled engine of unknown make, model, and output power driving conventional 8x8 all-wheeled arrangement.
49.7 mph
(80.0 kph)
31.1 mi
(50.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Excalibur Army MORANA production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 155mm /L52 howitzer.
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) in roof-mounted Remote Weapon Station (RWS).

Supported Types

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Graphical image of a tank heavy machine gun

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Not Available.

MORANA ("Death") - Base Series Name.

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Artist rendering of the MORANA SPH vehicle.

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