Autonomous, Towed Howitzer 155mm Soltam Defense Systems
The ATHOS 2025 gun represents the new generation of
autonomous, towed artillery.
Using the long
range 155mm 52 cal. barrel ATHOS 2052 can achieve a maximum range
of 41 km using standard NATO ammunition including ERFB/BB
projectiles with charge 11 or modular charge. the gun
is equipped with an autonomous navigation and positioning capability,
ballistic computer and communications equipment enabling advanced
target acquisition and accurate fire support.
The gun can
receive digital radio target data directly from the forward
observer or from remote target acquisition systems and prepare
itself for firing. Hydraulic actuators are used for gun elevation
and traverse and these can be slaved to the mission computer, for
automatic gun laying.
It has an
integral diesel engine and hydraulic driven wheels to assist in
self maneuvering the gun to its assigned position. Combined with
the on-board positioning equipment it enables
automatic laying mode.
The ATHOS 2052 is mounted on a towed carriage, which enables
towing the gun to the battlefield. Once in the battlefield, the
ATHOS 2052 can maneuver itself using its own diesel engine and
special hydraulic driven wheels. The hydraulic system enables easy
deployment of the gun, using hydraulic jacks and auxiliary wheels.
It needs a crew of 4 to 6 to fully manage this gun which is
equipped with ammunition loader assist. Within minutes, the ATHOS
2052 can autonomously move out of one position and deploy itself
in an alternative position a few hundred meters away.
ATHOS 2052 155mm /52 cal system, completed a series
of desert and mountain trials in India in 2003 - 2003.