Pretty interesting mobile artillery design
During WWII, the U.S. Army’s M3 Gun Motor Carriage (GMC) produced a self-propelled artillery piece from the WWI-era M1897A4 75mm gun mounted on the M3 half-track chassis. The result was billed as a tank destroyer and, while it did make mincemeat of light Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go and Type 97 Chi-Ha tanks in the Pacific, it was best used as a mobile gun system for fire support to the infantry.
Well, fast forward to today and the Jordanians are mounting Vietnam-vintage M102 105mm towed howitzers on KADDB’s latest Al-Wahsh MRAP style truck to make a mobile artillery system that looks really cool. Capable of rolling around with a gun, crew, and 24 shells ready to go, the concept vehicle was on display at SOFEX 2018 and Janes has the low down.
The Saudis, who are the world’s biggest user of the M102 at this point (after the U.S. replaced it with the M119 in the 1990s), may be very interested.