Saturday, May 25, 2024

Azerbaijan unveils newest artillery systems during large-scale military exercises

Large-scale military exercises with participation of various military branches of Armed Forces started on September 18 in accordance with the plan approved by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Mr. Ilham Aliyev.

The new DANA M1 CZ self-propelled gun-howitzers and RM-70 multiple rocket launchers were spotted during large-scale military exercises in Azerbaijan. According to the,  both artillery systems are used for the first time in the large-scale exercises of the Azerbaijani Army.

Dana self-propelled gun-howitzers and RM-70 multiple rocket launcher were purchased in 2016-2017. The artillery systems developed and modernized by EXCALIBUR ARMY spol. s r.o..  The EXCALIBUR ARMY Ltd. is active in sales, repairs, production and upgrades of military vehicles, spare parts, weapons, ammunition and other military equipment .


At the moment, the EXCALIBUR ARMY Ltd. employs roughly 400 people in Šternberk, Chrudim, Přelouč and Pardubice regions in the Czech Republic. The company owns formed military maintenance plant in Přelouč and a production area that houses the company’s HQ from 2008.

RM-70 multiple rocket launchers

The RM-70 multiple rocket launcher is a Czechoslovak army version and the heavier variant of the BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher, providing enhanced performance over its parent artillery system that was introduced in 1972.

It is designed to be used against manpower, firing devices, motorized infantry arrangements, tanks and other combat vehicles.

The rocket launcher with loading device is placed on a special T-813 chassis. Sighting by dependent PG aiming rule sight, motor powered or manual guidance to target. Electrical switch-on. Firing in batches and/or individually.

DANA 152-mm self-propelled gun-howitzers

The DANA 152-mm self-propelled gun-howitzer was developed in former Czechoslovakia. It was designed as an alternative for the Soviet 2S3 Akatsiya.

A self-propelled gun-howitzer of 152 mm calibre, the DANA M1 CZ is a wheeled combat vehicle equipped with gun of 152 mm calibre. The DANA is equipped with a weapon system made up of a 12.7 mm machine gun, an ATG R/PG-75 rocket launcher, decontamination means and essential tools for the crew.

The self-propelled 152 mm gun-howitzer vz. 77 DANA – as well as the complete model, we now also offer a chassis variation without armament or turret compartments.

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Dylan Malyasov
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