Excalibur Army Unveils Dita Self-propelled Howitzer
Excalibur Army Unveils Dita Self-propelled Howitzer

Indonesian Marine Corps Could Order New 155mm Wheeled Self-Propelled Howitzers

The Indonesian Marine Corps gets a budget allocation for the purchase of 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers. The selected model of howitzer will have a caliber of 155mm, which is bigger than the current 105mm LG1 towed howitzer and M1938 (M-30) 122mm howitzer. Following the Indonesian Marine Corps custom of purchasing 155mm 8×8 wheeled self-propelled howitzers from the Eastern Bloc (ex-warsaw pact). In contrast to the Indonesian Army which required air-transportable capabilities for howitzers to move by themselves, which resulted in a Nexter CAESAR on 6×6 chassis.

ShKH Zuzana 8×8 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

The Indonesian Army acquired 37 CAESAR units for $240 million, the first two arriving in mid September 2012. Another 18 were purchased in a follow-up order signed in February 2017. The self-propelled howitzer transportation would use LPD and LST ships owned by the Indonesian Navy. the following is a selection of truck-mounted SP Howitzers available that adhere to NATO standards (weight, range of fire with original projectiles, number of projectiles carried, number of crew members): Kryl 6×6 (made in Poland), Bohdana 6×6 (made in Ukraine), DITA 8×8 (made in Czech), Suzana 2 8×8 (2made in Slovakia), EVA 8×8 (made in Czech-Slovak) and Aleksandar 8×8 (made in Serbia).

EVA 8×8 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

The Indonesian Marine Corps (Korps Marinir Republik Indonesia) is currently an integral part of the Indonesian Navy and is sized at the military corps level unit as the naval infantry and main amphibious warfare force of Indonesia. The Marine Corps is commanded by a two-star marine general. As of August 2018, it has three Marine Force Divisions (Pasukan Marinir), each led by a one-star marine general. Considering the number of Marine Corps field artillery battalions is only 3 for 3 Pdivisions and even then composites, the Indonesian Marine Corps needs will not be much for this type of howitzer.

Indonesian Army 1st Field Artillery Regiment CAESAR Self-Propelled Howitzers