The People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has been carrying out field tests and evaluations of a new lightweight 122 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) based on a modified Dongfeng Mengshi 6×6 CTL181A armoured vehicle. No further information was provided about the new SPH, including its designation, but the footage shows that it is similar in appearance to the SH4 122 mm SPH displayed by the China South Division of the China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) at the Airshow China 2016 defence exhibition in Zhuhai.
The lightweight SPH, which is assigned to a combined arms brigade within the military district, was shown underwent rigorous testing at an undisclosed location in China’s southern Yunnan Province, according to the media outlet. The images also show that storage racks for ammunition and charges are located on either side to the immediate rear of the protected cab. Based on the images, the SPH appears capable of carrying rounds and charges.