105mm howitzer maximum effective range

M108 Howitzer - M108 howitzer

Type of self-propelled weapon

The M108 howitzer is an American 105mm self-propelled howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s to replace the M52 self-propelled howitzer.

The M108 was powered by a turbocharged 8V-71T 8-cylinder, 405 hp Detroit Diesel engine. It used the same fuselage and turret as the 155mm M109 self-propelled howitzer and components from the M113 armored vehicle. The M108 was withdrawn from service shortly after the American intervention in the Vietnam War, as the 155mm caliber of the M109 was considered better suited to modern warfare.

The M108 has been used by several NATO countries.

Operating history

The only use of the M108 howitzer in combat was during the Vietnam War. M108 equipped the U.S. Army's first field artillery unit used in the conflict when the 3-6 Field Artillery Battalion was deployed to Pleiku on June 17, 1966. The 1-40 soon followed in October. Field Artillery Battalion in Dong Ha. 1966. M108s were generally deployed from fortified fire bases to provide artillery support to units in the field. Since the M108 and M109 howitzers, unlike the rifled artillery, could traverse their main cannon 360 degrees, they were ideal for holding fire base positions that could be attacked from any direction. Both M108 battalions were withdrawn in 1975 and retired from service with the US Army.

General characteristics

  • Length: 6.11 m
  • Width: 3.15 m
  • Height: 3.28 m
  • Weight: 21 t
  • Speed: 56 km / h
  • Range: 360 km
  • Crew: 5
  • Armor:
  • Rate of fire: 4 rds / min
  • Shooting range: 11.5 km (HE) 15 km (HERA)


An M108 self-propelled howitzer in Vietnam.

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