SpGH ZUZANA 2 History

The ZUZANA 2 is a modernized follow-up design to the original ZUZANA 155mm 8x8 wheeled self-propelled gun platform originating from Slovakia in 1998 (detailed elsewhere on this site), itself a revision of the original 152mm-armed DANA vehicle from the former Czechoslovakia. The newer design, accepted into service by Slovak forces in July of 2021 and continues the same battlefield role of its predecessor - fielding a powerful 155mm caliber traversable main gun atop an all-wheel heavy-duty military truck chassis. The gun is given complete 360-traversal in the new arrangement and carries an operating crew of just three (unlike the ZUZANA which carried four personnel). Trials of the vehicle were undertaken in late-2009 and the Army service committed to twenty-five of the type.

In the ZUZANA 2, the driver sits in a forward-set cabin ahead and under the main gun armament. Two forward axles and two rear axles are showcased in the design. The wheeled arrangement is suitable for driving on paved roads as well as cutting across country as needed, keeping the vehicle as mobile and tactically useful as possible. Each hull side has four large, rubber-tired roadwheels offering considerable ground clearance and traction as well as weigh displacement. The enclosed, powered turret is set over midships and features a manually-powered 12. 7mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) at the commander's cupola (aimed via iron sights). To either side of the turret is a bank of four smoke grenade dischargers allowing for a self-screening action to be had. Basic ballistics protection is had through the angled armor faces and armored screens can be raised or lowered over the window panes for added protection.

SpGH ZUZANA 2 Specification

BASICS

Service Year

2021

Origin

Slovakia

Status

ACTIVE

In Limited Service.

Crew

3

Production

25

MANUFACTURER(S)

State Factories - Slovakia

OPERATORS

Slovakia

ROLES

Fire Support / Assault / Breaching

Support allied forces through direct / in-direct fire, assault forward positions, and / or breach fortified areas of the battlefield.

Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

NOTABLE QUALITIES

Wheeled Arrangement

Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.

Primary Turret

A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.

Traversable Main Armament

Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.

Firing On-the-Move

A modern quality, onboard systems provide accuracy to primary armament allowing for firing on-the-move.

Cross-Country Capability

Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.

Angled Armor

Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.

NBC Protection

Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.

Smoke Screening

Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).

Nightvision

Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.

Anti-Aircraft / Air-Defense Capable

System is given an anti-aircraft defense component to protect itself from low-flying aerial threats at range.

In-Direct Fire Capable

This system's capability is such that it can engage targets / target areas without Line-of-Sight attained.

Psychological Effect

Ability to provide lethal, in-direct firepower at range for area saturation; can include nuclear, biological, and chemical agents.

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

Length

42. 7 ft

13 m

Width

10. 2 ft

3. 1 m

Height

11. 0 ft

3. 35 m

Weight

71,650 lb

32,500 kg

Tonnage

35. 8 tons

POWER & PERFORMANCE

Powerplant:

1 x Diesel-fueled engine driving 8x8 all-wheel arrangement.

Speed

46. 6 mph

(75. 0 kph)

Range

472. 2 mi

(760. 0 km)

ARMAMENT

1 x 155mm main gun in turret front face. 1 x 12. 7mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) on turret roof at commander's cupola. 8 x Smoke grenade dischargers.

AMMUNITION

35 x 155mm projectiles (estimated). 500 x 12. 7mm ammunition (estimated). 8 x Smoke grenades.

VARIANTS

SpGH Zusana 2 - Base Series Designation.

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