A single LG-1 105 mm light howitzer on static display during Singapore Army Open House.
|Place of origin||France|
|Used by||See users|
|Designer||GIAT Industries (now Nexter group)|
|Weight||1,520 kg (3,350 lb)|
|Barrel length||3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)|
|Shell||105 mm NATO|
|Caliber||105 mm 30 calibre|
|Traverse||±25° from centerline|
|Rate of fire||12 rounds per minute|
|Maximum range||19.5 kilometres (12.1 mi)|
The LG1 is a modern 105 mm/30-calibre towed howitzer designed and produced by GIAT Industries (now Nexter group) of France.
Design[edit | edit source]
The LG1 howitzer is a 105 mm towed artillery piece that features both low weight and a high level of accuracy over long distances. Its lightweight construction gives the barrel a relatively short lifespan. The equivalent full charge (EFC) count is suggested to be approximately 7,500; however, during fire and practice, has yielded only around 1,500 EFCs. The gun was specifically designed for use by rapid deployment forces with attributes such as ruggedness, ease of operation and reduced weight. It can fire all NATO standard 105 mm ammunition up to a range of 18.5 and 19.5 kilometres (11.5 and 12.1 mi) using HE-ER G2 and US M913 rounds.
Deployment[edit | edit source]
Current service version with Canadian artillery is the LG1 Mark II, of which 28 were purchased for the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA). Giat supplied the first howitzers in 1996 and fielding was complete by November 1997 and were delivered directly to units in Bosnia.
Planned improvements[edit | edit source]
On August 2005, DEPRO (GVB) Incorporated - a Canadian defence firm, was selected by the Canadian Forces to improve their LG-1 guns with improvements ranging from new & better muzzle brake, new-designed spades for better stability during firing and larger tires to replace the small Pirelli tires (which were found to be inadequate for proper ground clearance while on the move). It is expected that this new set of improvements will give the LG-1 howitzers a greater lifespan, reliability and increase the safety margin for the crew.
Combat history[edit | edit source]
- War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Users[edit | edit source]
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See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "105mm LG1 MkII - Contracts, Orders & Sales". Deagel.Com. 1 August 2010. http://www.deagel.com/Towed-Guns/105-LG1-MkII_a000584001.aspx. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
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