SHAH ALAM: As the government mulls over plans to tender or not the 155mm SPH for the Army, one of our Asia-Pacific neighbours has decided to splash US$106 million for an undisclosed number of an Israeli made SPH. The SPH is the Elbit Systems Sigma SPH, an automatic self propelled howitzer like the BAE Systems Archer, Yugoimport Nora and the Rheinmetall
HX 10X10 SPH.
Elbit when making the announcement of the deal did not identify the customer apart from saying its an Asia-Pacific country. Not many countries are looking for a truck mounted SPH – especially an automatic one which is fired from a remote control turret.
Using the remote control turret – which could be operated manually in emergencies – reduces the crew from eight (traditional towed howitzer) to three. A semi-automatic truck mounted SPH have about five crew while a tracked SPH, usually have four.
As you are probably aware Singapore Army has announced that they will be getting a new SPH in the near future which will have fewer personnel from its current towed howitzer units. So it may well be that Singapore is the customer or maybe not.
Elbit Systems Awarded $106 Million Contract to Supply SIGMA Self-Propelled Howitzer Gun Systems to a Country in Asia-Pacific
Haifa, Israel, November 15, 2021 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or “the Company”) announced today that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $106 million to supply SIGMA fully automatic self-propelled howitzer gun systems to a country in Asia-Pacific. The contract will be fulfilled over a five-year period.
SIGMA is a 155mm/52 calibre self-propelled howitzer capable of automatic loading and laying of the gun system, rapid in-and-out action times and high rate of fire. It offers a protected cabin for a crew of three. Depending on the mission, SIGMA is capable of automatically selecting and loading the required projectile, propellant and fuze and laying the gun to optimally engage targets.
Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems, said: “The SIGMA system effectively addresses the growing need of armed forces to enhance the effectiveness of their artillery formations and reduce life-cycle costs while improving precision, rapidity, autonomy, survivability and connectivity. The SIGMA system is based on the know-how and experience accumulated by the Company over decades in supplying artillery systems to numerous customers, including the new 155mm fully automatic self-propelled howitzer gun systems for the Israel Defense Forces”.
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