Algeria locally modifying artillery


Algeria has for the first time showcased two modified self-propelled artillery systems and other weapons mounted on numerous platforms during a public showcase.

At the beginning of July, Algeria hosted a Military Industry Fair on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of its independence and Youth Day in Algiers. Some of the items on display included a 122 mm D-30 (2A18) howitzer fitted on a 6×6 Mercedes-Benz Zetros vehicle with four stabilisation legs that drop down at the back and both sides.

Another previously unseen type was a 100 mm MT-12 (2A29) anti-tank gun mounted on a 6×6 Zetros truck. This features longer hydraulically articulated stabilisers that can reach the ground.

Other vehicles displayed included a Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck with a 23 mm ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun mounted on the back, a Nimr Ajban 4×4 vehicle armed with a remote weapon station and BTR 60 with Kornet anti-tank missiles.

Algeria’s military also operates PLZ45 155 mm self-propelled howitzers, which were delivered in 2014 from China. The weapon has a rate of five of two rounds per minute (sustained) or five rounds per minute (maximum) and a range of 24 to 39 km depending on ammunition.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Algeria received 50 PLZ45s in 2014, after ordering them the year before.

Recent deliveries, according to SIPRI, include T-90 main battle tanks, Umkhonto-IR surface-to-air missiles, Su-30MKA fighter aircraft, Tigr armoured vehicles, Mokopa and 9M120/AT-9 anti-tank missiles, 9M311/SA-19 surface-to-air missiles, Fuchs armoured personnel carriers and Meko frigates.