SA Army to get T5s?


The South African Army may receive six T5-52 wheeled self-propelled howitzers from Denel Land Systems (DLS).

A defenceWeb source earlier this year said six Army G5s were delivered from South African Army stocks to the United Arab Emirates and as a result the SA Army would be getting new T5-52s as replacements.

The fact that the Army is in discussions with Denel Land Systems (DLS) was confirmed by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly earlier this month.

The T5-52 mounts the G5 155 mm, 52 calibre, artillery piece aboard a Tatra 8×8 T815-7 truck, which has a range of 600 km and speed of 85 km/h. The whole system weights 28 tons. Denel Land Systems brochures says that the indirect fire flexibility of the system ensures that it can be employed in the traditional gun, howitzer and mortar roles.

The projectiles are the extended range type – using base bleed projectiles, the weapon has a range of 42.5 km at sea level. NATO and other ammunition can be fired, after consultation with the supplier. The gun has an elevation of -3° to +72°, a 60° unrestricted arc of fire at all elevations, 360° at 48° elevation, can engage targets with direct fire over a 180° arc out to 3,000 m, and can fire a five-round time-on-target mission to ranges between 13 and 30 km.

The system is powered by a 265 kW turbocharged diesel engine. A central tyre inflation system is fitted, which allows for the inflation and deflation of the wheels, while both static and on the move.

A hydraulic system, driven by power takeoffs on the gearbox, supply hydraulic power for the deployment of the outriggers and the top-carriage hydraulics.

The system carries 27 on board projectiles and 26 on-board charges. A crew of four is needed to bring the gun into or out of action within 60 seconds. In the event that the power unit of the hydraulic system fails, another T5-52 can be used as a back-up system, enabling the crew to bring the T5-52 into action.

The Command and Control System, consisting of the Automatic Laying and Navigation System, Telecommunication System, Muzzle Velocity Radar System and Gun Management Computer are used to lay the gun for indirect fire.

A panoramic optical-mechanical sight forms a backup for indirect fire. A telescopic sight for direct fire is mounted to the compensation system and gives a direct fire range of up to 3 000 metres.