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Excalibur Army MORANA (Death)

8x8 Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) Vehicle

Czech Republic (Czechia) / Slovakia | 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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Excalibur Army MORANA 8x8 Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) Vehicle.
1 x Turbocharged diesel-fueled engine of unknown make, model, and output power driving conventional 8x8 all-wheeled arrangement.
Installed Power
50 mph
80 kph
Road Speed
31 miles
50 km
The physical qualities of the Excalibur Army MORANA 8x8 Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) Vehicle.
42.7 ft
13 meters
O/A Length
10.2 ft
3.1 meters
O/A Width
11.0 ft
3.35 meters
O/A Height
71,650 lb
32,500 kg | 35.8 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Excalibur Army MORANA (Death) 8x8 Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) Vehicle.
1 x 155mm /L52 howitzer.
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) in roof-mounted Remote Weapon Station (RWS).
Not Available.
Nightvision - YES.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES - OPTIONAL.
Notable series variants as part of the Excalibur Army MORANA (Death) family line.
MORANA ("Death") - Base Series Name.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Excalibur Army MORANA (Death). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Excalibur Army - Czechia / Czech Republic; ZTS Special - Slovakia
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Image of the Excalibur Army MORANA (Death)
Artist rendering of the MORANA SPH vehicle.

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