122 mm howitzer 2A18 (D-30)

The 122-mm howitzer D-30 (GRAU index: 2A18) is a Soviet howitzer that first entered service in 1960. It is a robust piece that focuses on the essential features of a towed field gun suitable for all conditions. The D-30 has a maximum range of 22 km using rocket-assisted projectile ammunition.

With its striking three-leg mounting, the D-30 can be rapidly traversed through 360 degrees. Although no longer manufactured in the nations of the former Soviet Union, the D-30 is still manufactured internationally and is in service in more than 60 countries’ armed forces.

The barrel assembly of the 2A18 gun is used by the 2S1 self-propelled howitzer. There are also Egyptian, Chinese, Serbian and Syrian self-propelled variants and conversions. The Syrian conversion utilizes the hull of a T-34 tank.

Manufacturer: ОАО «Завод №9» (Ekaterinburg, USSR)

Chief engineer: F. F. Petrov

Years of production: 1959—

In service: 1960—

Crew: 6

Rate of fire: 12 rpm

Fire range: 22 km

Weight: 3210 kg

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