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

In the mid-1980s, the GIAT company developed a lightweight howitzer for rapid deployment units aimed at the export market. In 1987, three prototypes were built, which were evaluated intensively with satisfactory results, and in 1990 three pre-production units were built and re-evaluated in Asie du Sud-Est. Finally the howitzer approved to be manufactured was designated GIAT LG-1, being 105mm in caliber and with a weight of only 1,485 kg, which allowed it to be airlifted, helitransported, airdropped, parachuted and towed by almost any military vehicle. The howitzer is very robust despite its light weight and has some really remarkable performance, such as a maximum range with HE BB (High Explosive Base Bleed) shells of 19 km. It had relative success in sales being in service in 8 countries, including Canada, Colombia and Thailand.

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Country of origin

France

Builder

GIAT Industries (NEXTER)

Type

Field howitzer

Entered service

1992

Crew

5

Combat weight

LG.1: 1,485 kg – LG.1 Mk.II: 1,520 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

8.80 (length in firing position) x 1.78 x 2.13 (high in travel position) meters

Armament

1 x 105/30mm GIAT howitzer

Rate of fire, (maximum)

12 shells per minute

Shell range

HE BB (High Explosive Base Bleed): 19 km

Muzzle velocity

708 m/s

Production

143 complete howitzers + 297 conversion kits