For those who want a Humvee-mounted howitzer, it exists (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
The paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne have been testing a lightweight howitzer for those special moments when you need to airmail some artillery.
A battery of the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment has been documenting their testing of the Mandus Group’s Hawkeye Mobile Weapon System over the past few weeks. The system blends an M20 howitzer, capable of firing all NATO standard 105mm semi-fixed ammunition, with an HMMWV chassis. Using an automated digital fire control system, Hawkeye has what Mandus calls “soft recoil technology” while still coming in lighter than legacy systems.
82nd Airborne artillery units have been testing the Hawkeye for the past few weeks at Fort Bragg. (Photo: U.S. Army)
The concept mounts a 105mm/23 cal M20 howitzer on a hummer (Photo: U.S. Army)
The gun itself with its fire control group weighs 2,550 pounds, not including the Hummer, and can be crewed by as few as two gunners. The Hawkeye is theoretically capable of up to eight rounds per minute for a brief period, but a more sedate rate of about three rounds per minute is the goal in sustained fire.
The gun was tested at Camp Atterbury last April. (Photo: Matt Cashore/Mandus Group)
It is capable of up to 8 rounds a