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ST Kinetics FH-88


155mm Towed Field Howitzer


Singapore | 1988



"The indigenous FH-88 was developed to replace the Israeli Soltam M-71 in Singapore Army service."



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With its adoption in 1988, the FH-88 series of 155mm field howitzer became the first indigenously designed and produced artillery piece for the Singaporean Army. Development of the system began in 1983 in an effort to modernize exiting artillery stocks (replacing the Israeli-originated Soltam M-71 series of 1975 in the process), broaden artillery fire support for the Army and develop less reliance on imported military goods. Development was headed by Ordnance Development (ODE) which since went on to become ST Kinetics - a major arms producer for Singaporean government forces. The weapon was designed to the 155mm NATO standard and entered serial production in 1987.

Its design was heavily influenced by the work done by Canadian-American artillery engineer Gerald Bull. Singapore purchased Bull's guns and went on to produce them locally.

The FH-88 relies upon a semi-automatic firing action and integrated recoil mechanism. Projectiles are loaded through the breech via an interrupted screw design with electronic rammer assist. The barrel is of 155mm caliber and capped by a perforated muzzle brake. The barrel sits atop its mounting system which allows for -3 to +70 degrees elevation and traverse +/- 20-degrees. This allows the crew of eight to engage to primarily indirect fire of enemy positions at ranges in excess of 10 miles (longer with rocket-assisted projectiles). The FH-88, like other field guns of its type, can fire conventional and chemical-based munitions as required. The gun and mounting system sits atop a six-wheeled split trail carriage which allows the system to be towed by mover vehicle.

The FH-88 is fielded alongside the limited production FH-2000 and newer SLWH Pegasus 155mm gun systems. Indonesia is the only foreign operator of the FH-88 system as of 2013.

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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 ST Kinetics FH-88 155mm Towed Field Howitzer.
None, this is a towed artillery piece.
Installed Power
Structure
The physical qualities of the ST Kinetics FH-88 155mm Towed Field Howitzer.
8
(MANNED)
Crew
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the ST Kinetics FH-88 155mm Towed Field Howitzer.
1 x 155mm L39 main gun barrel
AMMUNITION:
Dependent upon ammunition carrier.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Nightvision - NONE.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the ST Kinetics FH-88 family line.
FH-88 - Base Series Designation
Operators
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Total Production: 200 Units

Contractor(s): ODE / ST Kinetics - Singapore
National flag of Indonesia National flag of Singapore

[ Indonesia; Singapore ]
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FIRE SUPPORT / ASSAULT / BREACHING
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