The Royal Artillery Museum. British, West German and Italian - SP70 155 mm Self-Propelled Gun - 1973.
The SP70 was an international project, started by West Germany and the United Kingdom in the late 1960s. Later this it was joined by Italy. All three countries recognized that a significant improvement had to be made in the indirect fire support system. The main goal of this project was to develop a new 155-mm self-propelled howitzer. Five prototypes were completed in 1976. These passed evolutional trials, however further development of the SP70 was cancelled in the mid 1980s. The project was shelved due to the funding problems and technical reliability issues.
Later Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom used experience gained from this international project developing their own self-propelled howitzers, the German PzH-2000 (see picture #3758
), the Italian Palmaria and the British AS90 (see picture #3736
) artillery systems.
The SP70 self-propelled howitzer is armed with a modified FH70 gun. It is compatible with all 155-mm ammunition, developed for the FH70 and all 155-mm standard NATO ammunition. Maximum range of fire is 24 km with a standard HE-FRAG projectile and 30 km with a rocket assisted projectile.
Picture added on 16 May 2011 at 08:01