Excalibur Army and Tatra Trucks presented the MORANA SPH at Eurosatory 2022

Excalibur Army and Tatra Trucks presented the MORANA SPH at Eurosatory 2022
Author: Daniel Potocký|Caption: Morana SPH, Eurosatory 2022
23 / 06 / 2022, 10:00

The next edition of Eurosatory, Europe's most important trade fair for military equipment and defence technologies, took place in Paris last week. On the very first day, the joint stand of the CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP (CSG) and the TATRA TRUCKS automotive company from Kopřivnice presented several novelties in their world premiere. The biggest point was undoubtedly the new wheeled self-propelled cannon-howitzer MORANA, which is the newest prodcut of the Sternberg company EXCALIBUR ARMY. The ceremony was attended by Michel Fleischmann, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to France, Tomáš Kopečný, Deputy Minister of Defence, and Jiří Hynek, President of the Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic.

Michel Fleischmann, the Czech Ambassador to France, appreciated the Czech Republic's ability to develop modern defence technologies. "The Czech Republic is one of the world's most important providers of aid to Ukraine and it is proving that modern artillery is crucial in the defence against Russian aggression."

MORANA is another addition to the company's portfolio of modern self-propelled howitzers. "We are continuing the tradition of the Czechoslovak defence industry, which has always been one of the major industries and exporters. In order to compete on the world market, we need to develop new solutions for the security of Europe and its partners. That is why we are coming up with products like the MORANA howitzer," explained Michal Strnad, owner of CSG Holding.

The new howitzer has a 155 mm calibre gun with the barrel length of 52 calibres. The gun body is mounted on a circular base at the rear of the chassis, with the power unit located behind the cab. MORANA thus combines the advantages of light wheeled self-propelled artillery systems of the TMG (Truck Mounted Gun) category and heavy artillery systems on tracked chassis. The MORANA howitzer is built on the proven Tatra Force 8x8 chassis platform, which has an extended track for improved stability and handling, while all wheels of the chassis are also steerable.

The howitzer has fully automatic loading and fully automated gun guidance. The standard crew of the MORANA howitzer consists of the driver, commander and operator, who have their seats in an armoured four-door cab produced by EXCALIBUR ARMY. The crew fully controls the turret directly from the cab without leaving it. The crew is therefore protected at all times when moving the howitzer and during its operation and combat deployment. The howitzer is also equipped with a remote-controlled weapon station with advanced sensor equipment and a 12.7 mm machine gun for self-protection.

Over 1,800 manufacturers and dealers of special equipment from more than sixty countries exhibited their products at Eurosatory 2022. "Our CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP considers Eurosatory to be a key trade fair for the presentation of our products in Europe. That is also why we have the largest stand of all Czech exhibitors," added Michal Strnad.

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