The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are in the advanced stages of selecting a replacement for their 155 mm M109 self-propelled howitzer, a senior source from the Artillery Corps said last week.

The officer said the new howitzer needs to be able to have a higher rate of fire and a smaller crew than the M109, which entered service in the early 1970s. The new gun also needs a longer range and the ability to rapidly relocate to a new position.

The current howitzer can fire three shells a minute “on a good day” and requires 10 people to operate it, requiring more personnel to be called up for reserve duty so they can receive the necessary training, the officer added. […]