GIAT LG-1 / LG-1 Mk.II 105mm

(Thailand Army’s LG-1 image). The first country to buy the LG-1 was Singapore, which acquired 37 units that were in service from 1992 to 2008. Thailand also ordered 24 howitzer that were delivered completely in July of 1997. The battery entry of the LG-1 is very fast, barely 30 seconds, thanks to the installation of a small hydraulic pump that opens the two trails, lowers the firing platform and raises the wheels, leaving the howitzer ready for firing.
(Thailand Army’s LG-1 image). The Royal Thai Army acquired 285 Giat LG-1 kits to replace the barrel of its old American M-101 howitzers and to use Giat ammunition. The conversion was made in Thailand and 35,000 HE BB (High Explosive Base Bleed) shells were purchased in two batches, of which the second batch of 25,000 shells was manufactured in Thailand with some components supplied by France. In this way both howitzers can use the American 105mm HE M1 standard shell and the French 105mm HE BB shell.
(Canadian Army’s LG-1 image). Canada also acquired 28 Giat LG-1s in the summer of 1994, receiving them between 1996 and 1997. This howitzer has the advantage that it can be released from its tug in any position, unlike other howitzers that must be located in the direction of shot by the tow vehicle, which accelerates the entry into position.
(Canadian Army’s LG-1 image). Canada deployed an LG-1 battery to Bosnia in 2000, and currently all howitzers still in service, although in the improved Mk.II variant. These howitzers have 3 anchor points for their transport by helicopter and can be launched in parachute with the right preparation, a vital quality for use with Paratroopers and Airborne units.
(Canadian Army’s LG-1 image). Canada (28) and other users as Belgium (14), Colombia (20), Indonesia (22), Malaysia (18) and Thailand (24) keep their LG-1 active in the original variant and in the Mk.II version, only Singapore decommissioned its 39 LG-1s in 2008, when it replaced them with 155mm howitzers. This howitzer has a maximum rate of fire of 12 rounds per minute for a short period of time, but falls to 3-4 rounds per minute firing long periods.
(Canadian Army’s LG-1 Mk.II image). In the mid-90s the Mk.II variant appeared with various improvements such as a new barrel adapted for high-pressure ammunition, a new recoil system and the suppression of the shield to lighten the weight. Nexter (former Giat) has developed a kit for the LG-1 users to easily transform it to the Mk.II variant. A digital positioning and aiming system has been developed and allows its connection to any type of fire control system, that reduces the time of entry into the firing position.
(Canadian Army’s LG-1 Mk.II image). The barrel of the LG-1 allows to make about 7,500 shots, while Mk.II tube reaches 7,700 shots. This howitzer is equipped with a semi-automatic breech that automatically ejects the spent cartridge and stays open for reloading. The LG-1 can be loaded and fired from -3 to + 70 ° and can fire directly at targets located 2 km away. Nexter offers a multitude of modern systems to improve the performance of the LG-1 and increase its lifespan many years.

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