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The Palmaria is a Tier 7 progression Self-Propelled Gun under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Self-Propelled Howitzer
Developed: 1980-1981
Service: 1982+
Vehicles Built: cca 200
Operators: Libya, Nigeria, Argentina

Developed by OTO Melara in Italy for the export market, this self-propelled howitzer utilizes an autoloader to allow for an increased rate of fire. The name came from the island of Palmaria, located in the La Spezia gulf (La Spezia was the seat of the OTO Melara company).

The Palmaria SPH consisted of a modified OF-40 hull with a new OTOBREDA turret, armed with a long OTO Melara 155mm Obice da 155/39 howitzer (barrel length was 39 calibers, although some sources state 41 calibers). The turret was fully traversable (the drive was hydraulic with its own independent propulsion), the gun could depress to -4 degrees and elevate to +70 degrees. Its maximum range (using standard high-explosive ammunition) was 24.7 kilometers, but it could be augmented by using rocket-assisted projectiles. Other shells fired included illumination rounds and smoke rounds. The gun was automatically loaded and the average rate of fire was 4 rounds per minute during intensive action but was, according to some sources, capable of firing three round bursts. Average sustainable rate of fire was 3 rounds per minute.

The prototype was first shown to the representatives of the United Arab Emirates, but they weren’t quite interested. Two customers appeared in 1982 – Libya and Nigeria. Libya was a pariah country back then and it’s generally unclear how did Colonel Kaddafi’s forces get their hands on those vehicles. In 1982, around 200 were ordered (some source claim 210), but the details of that deal remain unclear to this day. 160 were reported operational by 2007 and they participated in the Libyan Civil War. By now, most are probably gone. Nigeria ordered 25 vehicles in 1982 and they are also still in service. The final customer of sorts was Argentina in 1986 – they ordered turrets only and had them installed on modified TAM tank chassis to produce a rather unique version of the Palmaria. And that was the end of Palmaria sales. The vehicle was offered for years until the early 2000s, but no other customer was interested.

Features[]

  • Artillery: This vehicle is capable of indirect fire across large distances but is very vulnerable in close combat.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.

Ammunition[]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 155mm M107 HE mod. HE Stock 1185[note 1] 60 mm 400 m/s 11.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.14 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 3.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 155 mm
2 Smoke Round Smoke Stock N/A N/A 1000 m/s 30.00 s
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  • Radius of Effect: 20 m
  • Duration: 20 s
3 WP Round WP Stock 20 per sec N/A 1000 m/s 30.00 s
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  • Radius of Effect: 15 m
  • Duration: 10 s
4 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 2] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.98 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Partial Reload: Yes
  • Magazine Size: 800
  • Burst Fire Rate: 400 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °

Upgrades[]

Armor[]

Palmaria Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 105 mm (vs AP)
150 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 5 mm (vs AP)
10 mm (vs HEAT)
Military Aluminum N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This vehicle's light armor offers basic protection from autocannons and machineguns.

Weapon[]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 155mm Obice da 155/39 Howitzer Stock Stock 4.68 s 11.00 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -10.0° / 70.0°
Ammo:
155mm M107 HE mod.
Smoke Round
WP Round
7.62mm AP

Engine[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
MTU MB 837 Ea-500 750 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 59 km/h 22 km/h 7.09 s (0 to 32 km/h)
36.36 s (0 to Max Speed)
25.22° 6 %
MTU MB 837 Ka-500 1000 hp Diesel Engine Experience.png 7,140 Credits .png 155,155 59 km/h 22 km/h 5.26 s (0 to 32 km/h)
26.61 s (0 to Max Speed)
30.25° 6 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner.png
Spall Liner
Experience.png 11,425 Credits .png 248,240 Hit points are increased by 150
Smokegrenades.png
GALIX 13 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 2 charges
Takes 60s to recharge
Duration: 10s
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GALIX 17 Smoke Grenades
Experience.png 17,135 Credits .png 372,365 Comes with 6 charges in total
Magazine capacity: 2 charges
Takes 3s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Magazine reload time: 25s
Firecontrol.png
Improved Fire Control System
Experience.png 24,095 Credits .png 523,635 Aiming time reduced by 20%
Autoloader.png
Improved Loading Mechanism
Experience.png 58,010 Credits .png 1,260,605 Rate of fire is increased by 7%
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Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.3%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.0%

Footnotes[]

  1. 474 for Partial Penetration;
    119 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  2. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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