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Soltam ATMOS 2000


6x6 Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzer (2001)


Land Systems / Battlefield

Passed on by the Israeli Army, the Soltam ATMOS 2000 wheeled SPH has since been adopted by a handful of budget-conscious military parties from 2001 onwards.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 12/29/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
Soltam Systems developed its ATMOS 2000 wheeled Self-Propelled Artillery (SPA) at the turn of the century as a private venture primarily aimed at the export market. In a departure from the usual tracked, self-propelled guns popular with many ground forces of the world today, Soltam's approach was such that a wheeled truck design was selected for its inherent mobility, lower operating/procurement costs, and off-the-shelf repair capability when compared to more expensive, more complicated tracked models attempting to fulfill the same battlefield role. The chassis includes an armored crew cabin at front with a flatbed section at rear, this area typically mounting a 155mm gun system for indirect artillery fire. The vehicle was developed as a somewhat modular product allowing for various caliber guns to be fitted to the flatbed section or the gun unit to be sat upon a local truck of choice for the foreign customer.

The crew cab sits atop the diesel engine arrangement that drives power to the three axles managing ten large, rubber-tired road wheels. The cabin is lightly armored against small arms fire and artillery spray but little else - it is not a direct contact weapon system but instead designed to sit behind the front lines and lay down fire over the heads of friendly forces. The front axle pair is steerable and power-assisted while a spare road wheel is affixed to the rear external wall of the cabin for emergencies. Storage boxes are set at the midway point of the vehicle to which the gun, its mounting, and integral recoil system are all fitted over the extreme aft section of the bed. Its mass is supported by eight rubber-tired road wheels fitted at the two rear axles. Recoil arms are lowered at the rear of the chassis prior to firing and serve to keep the vehicle from tipping due to recoil forces. The gun is seated on a traversable table with mounting hardware that allows for the necessary elevation, offering relatively unfettered engagement angles. A digital fire control system improves accuracy and satellite navigation assists the crew. The vehicle can be readied to fire in approximately 1.5 minutes from stop to setup and features a three-round-per-minute burst rate-of-fire with ranges reaching out to 25 miles depending on barrel length and projectile used. The gun conforms to all standard NATO munitions options.
Current operators include Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Thailand, and Uganda. While showcased to the Israeli Army, it has not been adopted for service with the branch. The largest operator remains Cameroon with 18 units in inventory.

Specifications



Service Year
2001

Origin
Israel national flag graphic
Israel

Crew
4
CREWMEN
Production
45
UNITS


Soltam - Israel
National flag of Cameroon National flag of Romania National flag of Thailand National flag of Uganda Azebaijan; Cameroon; Romania; Thailand; Uganda
(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.


Powerplant: 1 x Diesel engine.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Soltam ATMOS 2000 production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 155mm howitzer


Supported Types




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


ATMOS 2000 - Base Series Designation
ATROM - Romanian variant with 155mm gun atop ROMAN 26.360 DFAEG 6x6 wheeled truck chassis.


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