Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50
Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 was a French 155 mm 30 calibre howitzer introduced in 1952. The first French artillery designed since World War II, it was manufactured in both France and under license in Sweden for the Swedish armed forces. The Model 50 was replaced in French service during the 1980s by the TRF1.
|Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50|
Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 in Beyt ha-Totchan Museum, Zikhron Ya'akov.
|Place of origin||France|
|Used by||See Operators|
|Mass||8,100 kg (17,857 lbs)|
|Length||7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)|
|Barrel length||4.65 m (15 ft 3 in) L/30|
|Width||2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)|
|Height||2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)|
|Shell||Separate loading charge and projectile|
|Caliber||155 mm (6.1 in)|
|Rate of fire||3-4 rpm|
|Muzzle velocity||650 m/s (2,133 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||18,000 m (19,685 yd)|
|Maximum firing range||23,300 m (25,481 yd)|
The Model 50 has a split trail, large slotted muzzle-brake, four-wheeled bogie and a retractable firing pedestal beneath the axles.
- France: standard howitzer of the French Army, replaced in the late 1980s by the TRF1.
- Sweden: 170; possibly more produced under license.
- Israel: 170; most of these were later mounted on an M4 Sherman tank chassis as self-propelled howitzers.
- Lebanon: 50
- Morocco: 18
- Senegal: 6
- Switzerland: 20
- Tunisia: 30
- Foss, Christopher (1977). Jane's pocket book of towed artillery. New York: Collier. p. 121. ISBN 0020806000. OCLC 911907988.
- Kinard, Jeff. Artillery: An Illustrated History of Its Impact (2007 ed.). ABC-CLIO Publishers. pp. 301–303. ISBN 978-1-85109-561-2.
- "Trade Registers". Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
- Jane's Armour and Artillery, 2002, Volume 23 p. 727.
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