The ZUZANA 2 is a modernized version of the original 155mm self-propelled artillery platform developed in Slovakia in 1998. It features a powerful 155mm main gun mounted on an 8x8 wheeled military truck chassis. This updated design, introduced in July 2021 for the Slovak Armed Forces, maintains its predecessor's battlefield role while enhancing mobility and firepower.
Compared to the earlier version, the ZUZANA 2 boasts a more efficient design with a fully traversable 360-degree gun and a reduced crew requirement of three operators. Its versatile wheeled configuration, with two front and two rear axles, enables effective navigation on both paved roads and challenging terrains. The vehicle's robustness is further enhanced by four large rubber tire wheels on each side, ensuring ground clearance, traction, and weight distribution.
Positioned at the middle of the vehicle, the enclosed turret houses a manually operated 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun on the commander's cupola. Additionally, the turret incorporates smoke grenade launchers on both sides to enhance self-protection capabilities. The vehicle's defense is reinforced through sloped armored surfaces, supplemented by adjustable armored screens for heightened window protection. In conclusion, the ZUZANA 2 represents a technologically advanced evolution of the original platform, offering enhanced mobility, firepower, and protection for modern military operations.
Year of Service: 2021
Manufacturer: State Owned Factory - Slovakia
Support allied forces with direct/indirect fire, attacking forward positions and/or breaking through fortified areas of the battlefield.
Special designs developed to fulfill one or more equally special battlefield roles.
The wheeled arrangement gives the system inherent road capability and improved maneuverability.
This vehicle is of modern tank quality and its main armament is housed in a turret.
Drive-through owner weapon
The weapon is located in the traversing module and can counter the enemy threat in all directions.
Shoot anytime, anywhere
Airborne systems of modern quality ensure the accuracy of the main weapon and allow firing on the move.
The design includes features such as a chain linkage system or high ground clearance for better traversing of terrain.
Angled armor on critical faces adds inherent ballistic protection to the vehicle.
Crew are protected (standard or optional) by nuclear biological and chemical agents to improve survivability in contaminated areas.
The vehicle itself can generate a smoke screen either through fired projectiles or built-in engine function (raw fuel injection).
Night vision equipment is available to the crew to allow operation in low light conditions or at night.
Available for air defense/air defense
The system will receive an air defense component to protect itself from low-flying threats from afar.
Indirect fire possible
The capabilities of this system allow it to attack targets/target areas without reaching line of sight.
Capable of firing lethal indirect fire from a distance to saturate the area; can include nuclear, biological, and chemical agents.
Length: 42.7 feet (13m)
Width: 10.2 feet (3.1m)
Height: 11.0 feet (3.35m)
Weight: 71,650 lbs (32,500 kg)
Tonnage: 35.8 tons
Powerplant: 1 x Diesel-fueled engine driving 8x8 all-wheel arrangement.
Speed: 46.6 mph (75 kph)
Range: 472.2 mi (760 km)
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.
35 x 155mm projectiles (estimated).
500 x 12. 7mm ammunition (estimated). 8 x Smoke grenades.