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Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 was a French 155 mm 30 calibre howitzer introduced in 1952.[2] 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.[2]

Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50
Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 in Beyt ha-Totchan Museum, Zikhron Ya'akov.
TypeField Howitzer
Place of originFrance
Service history
In service1952-1980s
Used bySee Operators
Mass8,100 kg (17,857 lbs)
Length7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)[1]
Barrel length4.65 m (15 ft 3 in) L/30
Width2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)[1]
Height2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)[1]

ShellSeparate loading charge and projectile[1]
Caliber155 mm (6.1 in)
Breechinterrupted screw
CarriageSplit trail
Rate of fire3-4 rpm[1]
Muzzle velocity650 m/s (2,133 ft/s)
Effective firing range18,000 m (19,685 yd)
Maximum firing range23,300 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.


IDF M-50 155 mm self-propelled howitzer

See alsoEdit

  • M-50 155 mm - An M4 Sherman chassis based self-propelled artillery piece mounting the Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50 155 mm L/30 howitzer in large enclosed superstructure.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Foss, Christopher (1977). Jane's pocket book of towed artillery. New York: Collier. p. 121. ISBN 0020806000. OCLC 911907988.
  2. ^ a b c d Kinard, Jeff. Artillery: An Illustrated History of Its Impact (2007 ed.). ABC-CLIO Publishers. pp. 301–303. ISBN 978-1-85109-561-2.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Trade Registers". Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  4. ^ Jane's Armour and Artillery, 2002, Volume 23 p. 727.

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