Class: Self-Propelled Gun
Vehicles Built: 355
Operators: USA, Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey
The M108 was a 105mm self-propelled gun, developed alongside its sister project, the larger M109 in the 1950s. Due to a number of delays and setbacks, the vehicle didn't reach production until 1961. Generally speaking, the M108 was not a very successful design and far less so than the M109. Production only ran until 1963 with a mere 355 vehicles built. At that point, the U.S. Army decided to unify the artillery caliber of the mechanized divisions to one – the 155mm.
The only American combat use of the M108 occurred during the Vietnam War, where a few M108s were sent along with the M109s. The terrain was a major problem that hampered non-tracked vehicle movement, but the M108s and M109s were valuable because they could pass through the mud, had enough armor to protect their crews from Vietnamese light infantry ambushes and the turret traverse allowed them to engage targets in all directions, something the towed artillery was incapable of. On the downside, towed artillery was essentially helicopter-transportable and could be deployed and used in remote areas and during helicopter assaults while SPGs were more restricted. They would typically remain stationary as part of American fire bases, providing supporting indirect fire on call and defending the base itself.
The first M108 unit was deployed in Vietnam in June 1966 and by mid-1968 there were already 36 M108s in Vietnam that remained until mid-1970, when they were recalled back to the United States. After the Vietnam War, the M108 didn't see all that much service. A few vehicles were converted to OPFOR needs starting in 1974 and that was it. The vehicles were officially retired shortly after the end of the Vietnam War. At that point, most of them were sold off to other countries.
- Artillery: This vehicle is capable of indirect fire across large distances but is very vulnerable in close combat.
- Smoke Generators: This vehicle generates smoke all around it and lays down smoke cover by driving forward.
|105mm M1 HE||HE||Stock||480[note 1]||40 mm||400 m/s||4.80 s|
|Smoke Round||Smoke||Stock||N/A||N/A||1000 m/s||30.00 s|
|WP Round||WP||Stock||11 per sec||N/A||1000 m/s||30.00 s|
|7.62mm AP||AP||Stock||8||18[note 2] mm||855 m/s||5.00 s|
|XP Cost||Credit Cost||Hull
|Stock||Stock||100 mm (vs AP)
100 mm (vs HEAT)
|Steel||110 mm (vs AP)
125 mm (vs HEAT)
|Steel||N/A||N/A vs AP|
N/A vs HEAT
|This vehicle's light armor offers basic protection from autocannons and machineguns.|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Aim Time||Reload Time||More Info|
|105mm M103 Howitzer||Stock||Stock||3.50 s||4.80 s|
105mm M1 HE
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Max Speed||Reverse Speed||Forward
|Hull Traverse||Fire Chance|
|Detroit Diesel 8V71T 340 hp Diesel Engine||Stock||Stock||56 km/h||25 km/h||6.26 s (0 to 32 km/h)
24.24 s (0 to Max Speed)
- 135 for Partial Penetration;
34 for Non-Penetrating Hits
- 18 mm at 100m;
9 mm at 1000m