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M52A1 105 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

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U.S. M52A1 105 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

 

This was the first U.S. self-propelled artillery piece to have a fully enclosed turret. The beginning of the Cold War with the Soviet Union drove the Army to require overhead protection for the crew from enemy artillery and small arms fire, as well as nuclear and chemical warfare. Development of the M52 began in 1948 with the first prototype completed in 1950. The vehicle used many of the components of the M41 Light Tank. Because of the Korean War, the M52 was rushed into production in January 1951. Serious problems with the early production vehicles required modifications which resulted in the M52 not being placed into full service until 1955. The M52A1 was introduced in 1956 with a fuel-injected engine. The engine and transmission were mounted in the front of the vehicle. The turret had a traverse of 60 degrees left or right of center. A total of 684 vehicles were produced by Allis-Chambers Manufacturing. The M52A1 was replaced by the M108 in the early 1960s.

 

Caliber: 4.1 in. (105 mm)

Weight: 53,000 lb. (24,040 kg)

Range: 12,030 yd. (11,000 m)

Shell Weight: 40 lb. (18.1 kg)

Muzzle Velocity: 1,549 ft/sec. (472 m/sec.)

Elevation: - 10 to + 65 degrees (- 178 to 1156 mils)

Traverse: 120 degrees (2133 mils)

Rate of Fire: 3 rpm

Crew: 5

Engine: Continental AOSI-895-5 6-cylinder, air-cooled, gasoline, 500 HP

Maximum Speed: 40 mph (64 kph)

Cruising Range: 100 miles (161 km)

 

CCN#453479

 

Guide by Cell 12

 

Taken September 9, 2012.

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Taken on September 9, 2012