Serbia’s indigenously-developed 155 mm Nora howitzer undertook a test firing of a new projectile capable of hitting targets at ranges of 40 kilometers.
Undertaken in cooperation with the howitzer-maker Yugoimport SDPR and the Serbian Army, the test marked the first time the country fired such a projectile since 1991, the defense ministry said.
The test took place at a military range in the country’s south-east on April 25.
“Today’s achievement is historic in that it was achieved with a howitzer developed in-country and with munition that was largely developed in Serbia,” deputy director of the research and development directorate at Jugoimport SDPR commented.
The Nora-B52 self-propelled howitzer consists of 155 mm gun with a 52-caliber barrel, installed in a partly-armored turret on a modified chassis of an off-road vehicle. It carries 12 projectiles and 12 propellant charges in the automatic loader and 24 projectiles and 24 propellant charges in the ammunition containers on the weapon.
With a crew of five, the howitzer has a maximum speed of 80 km/h on paved roads and a range of 500 kilometers.