DANA - Czechoslovak 152-mm self-propelled gun-howitzer

DANA - Czechoslovak 152-mm self-propelled gun-howitzer

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Unlike many other howitzers of that period the DANA is based on a wheeled chassis. The DANA is armed with a turret-mounted 152-mm gun-howitzer. It fires all standard Soviet and indigenous 152-mm rounds. There are three main types of ammunition for DANA, high-explosive rounds with a maximum range of 18 km, improved shape high-explosive with a maximum range of 20 km, and high-explosive anti-tank rounds for direct fire at armored targets. DANA carried 60 rounds, that are fed automatically. It is worth mentioning that the DANA's autoloader was unique for it's time. It is able to load shell and cartridge in any elevation. This feature is considered as standard nowadays and DANA was one of the first artillery systems with such loader in service. Three hydraulic stabilizers are lowered into the ground before firing. The DANA has a roof-mounted crane to assist ammunition loading. Secondary armament consists of a roof-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun.
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