BORAN Fire Control System qualification tests have been successfully completed.
The qualification tests of the BORAN 105mm Air Portable Light Towed Howitzer Fire Control System were successfully completed with the shots made in Konya Karapınar. BORAN Fire Control System is a fire control system developed for use in a lightweight, high firepower 105mm BORAN howitzer that can be transported from air by helicopter, towed by road.
This integrated system, which enables the preparation, fire management and fire control of the howitzer to be carried out with a computer, first speed measurement radar and inertial navigation system, also has electro-optic and laser rangefinder units that enable firing by seeing day and night. The system also provides digital integration to command control systems and fire support elements of the howitzer.
Boran 105mm Air Portable Light Towed Howitzer Project
When it comes to providing the intense fire support required by the operational troops in mountainous areas and in the field without seeing the enemy, the first low-cost weapon systems that come to mind are airborne light towed howitzers. The risk of total front war that decreased after the end of the Cold War gave way to asymmetric & regional proxy wars.
In the early 2000s, the need for a modern howitzer that can be towed by light tactical wheeled vehicles and easily change position, can be transported by airborne helicopters or thrown from aircraft with a parachute and that can support ground troops in operation areas where land transportation is difficult has emerged. The project, which was initiated by the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries to develop this new howitzer, which will be equipped with modern fire support units, entered into force with the agreement signed on November 6, 2009.
For the 105mm Boran Howitzer Project, Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation is developing the weapon system and Aselsan is developing the fire control system. According to the first contract, the development contract period has been signed for the howitzer as 49 months, and for the mass production phase of 106 105mm howitzers as 54 months.
Things To Do Under Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation Responsibility
- Ready to fire within 1 minute, air portability.
- Having a weight of 1550 kg, excluding the vanity.
- Ability to fire 6 shots per minute.
- 17 km range.
- Can shoot 360 degrees.
- Ability to throw modern and classic ammunition in the inventory.
- Interoperability with the fire support automation system ADOP-2000.
Things to Do Under the Responsibility of ASELSAN
- Fire planning and firing mission execution in digital environment.
- Continuous position and barrel orientation detection thanks to the Inertial Positioning System.
- Precise and fast ballistic calculation using NATO Armament Ballistic Kernel (NABK), Number of Shooting Tables or Special Ballistic Software.
- First Speed Management.
- Graphical display of barrel orientation information.
- Seeing shooting with Laser Range Finder and Thermal Vision System.
- Digital radio communication with Fire Support and Command Control systems.
- Displaying the information of combat elements on the digital map.
- Mission oriented, menu controlled graphical user interface solutions.
System Main Units
- Fire Control Computer
- Control and Display Unit
- Gunner’s Display Unit
- Inertial Navigation System
- First Speed Measuring Radar
- Laser Range Finder System
- Power Control Unit
- Digital Radio
The weight of Boran 105mm howitzer, which is stated to be shaped on the L118 prototype in various sources, is written as 1700 kg. However, with the latest improvements, howitzer weight approached the requested 1550 kg at the beginning of the project. As the force revised the project, the lightness of the howitzer lost its priority. The main reason for this is; The “bastion”, which is included in the M119 (L118) model to reduce the weight and provides the howitzer sitting on the ground and firing precision, is the removal of the “rostrum” in our artillery class and the addition of a shock absorber system. This shock absorber system, which was added to the lighter howitzer, caused the howitzer to jump a little after the shot, causing the barrel to rearing, but the jumping problem was solved with the developed amortization system.