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G6 Rhino

The G6 is a three-axle, six-wheeled, heavily armored system mounting a modified version of the G5 cannon. The G6 is an agile super-range weapon that forms the backbone of a fully integrated and flexible artillery system. It was developed and refined primarily to support rapidly advancing mechanised infantry and armoured divisions.

The G6 is fully compatible with NATO standard 155-mm ammunition and has a direct fire range of 3000 meters (using a Frag-HE round). Used together with the specially developed modular charge ammunition system, the 45-calibre gun provides accurate coverage of a target zone of more than 1000 square kilometres, without change of position. 45 rounds are carried on board. The onboard gyro-controlled navigation and automatic laying systems enable the gun to be brought into action independently within 60 seconds of stopping and it can move off 30 seconds after firing, thus presenting an elusive target. The G6 is equipped with an electronically controlled hydraulic flick rammer that provides an initial rate of fire of 3 rounds per minute.

High mobility is ensured by the permanent six-wheel drive purpose-built vehicle, powered by an air-cooled diesel engine through a six-speed automatic gearbox. The maximum speed of the G6 is 85 km/h. The rigid chassis is actually divided into two parts, a driver’s/engine compartment and a crew compartment. In order to distribute its weight and to maintain mobility over sand and soft terrain, the G6 employs large 21x25 run-flat tires. All-independent torsion bar suspension, differential locks and on-the-move tyre inflation system (optional) offer superior traction and high levels of crew comfort. The driver controls a central tire-inflation system to vary the ground pressure. The system can also be used to maintain some degree of tire pressure in case of air leakage from small punctures. A 45-hp (34 kw) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) provides power for turret operations, recharging the batteries, and the driver/crew compartment air conditioning system.

The armoured turret and hull provide protection against small arms fire, shell splinters, landmine explosions and, in the vital 60° frontal arc, against 20mm attack. The frontal 60° arc provides protection against 20-mm type ammunition. Additionally, the shape and armor thickness of the chassis hull allows it to withstand at least three mine detonations (against TM46 antitank landmine or equivalent) before being immobilized. Separate fire extinguishing systems can be fitted in the turret and engine compartment. A ventilation system or BC protection and air conditioning can be provided. The separation of the driver/engine compartment from the crew compartment also facilitates survival against mines. The connection between the two is perforated with blowout holes to direct the force of the blast upwards, away from any personnel compartments. The separation also allows the driver to be beyond the detonation point before the mine is activated. The driver also has bullet-resistant glass windows that can be further protected by armored shutters, although it limits him to the use of a periscopic viewing port. The vehicle commander has limited steering and braking capability if the driver becomes a casualty. The crew compartment has four firing ports (two each side) so the crew can engage targets without exposing themselves to return fire. A wide range of optional subsystems is available to increase the efficiency of the G6 and its crew. They include the following:


Manufacturer LIW division of DENEL
Date of Introduction 1988
Proliferation At least 2 countries
Crew 6
Platform (chassis) Purpose built 6x6 wheeled
Combat Weight (mt) 48
Chassis Length Overall (m) 10.4
Height Overall (m) 3.5
Width Overall (m) 3.4
Automotive Performance
Engine Type 525-hp air-cooled diesel
Cruising Range (km) 700 km
Speed (km/h) Max Road - 85
Max Off-Road - 30
Cross-Country - INA
Max Swim - N/A
Fording Depth (m) 1.00
Emplacement Time (min) 1
Displacement Time (min) 0.5
Radio INA
Self-Entrenching Blade No
NBC Protection System Yes
Smoke Equipment 8 81-mm grenade launchers
Main Armament
Caliber, Type, Name 155-mm, canon
Barrel Length (cal) 45
Rate of Fire (rpm) Burst - 3
Normal - 2
Sustained - 1
Fire from Ground INA
Loader Type Semi-automatic
Breech Type Interrupted screw
Muzzle Brake Type Single baffle
Traverse Left - 40°
Right - 40°
Total - 80°
Elevation -5/+75°
Auxiliary Weapon
Caliber, Type, Name .50 (12.7x99) heavy machinegun, M2HB
Mount Type Cupola AA mount
Direct Fire Range (m) INA
Max Effective Range (m) Day - 1000
Nigh - INA
Fire on Move Yes
Rate of Fire (rpm) 450-550 (cyclic)
FIRE CONTROL Indirect Fire Digital Panoramic Telescope
FIRE CONTROL Direct Fire Trunnion mounted telescopic sight
Collimator INA
Gun Display Unit None
Fire Control Computer None
Caliber, Type, Name 155-mm Frag-HE, M1 HE
Indirect Fire Range (m) Minimum Range - 3000
Maximum Range - 30,000
Complete Projectile Weight 8.7 kg
Muzzle Velocity 897 m/s
Fuze Type PD M841
Caliber, Type, Name 155-mm Frag-HE BB, M1 HE
Indirect Fire Range (m) Minimum Rangem - INA
Maximum Range - 39,000
Complete Projectile Weight 8.7 kg
Muzzle Velocity 895 m/s
Fuze Type PD M841

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Updated Sunday, September 19, 1999 11:00:01 AM