The AS90 is fitted with 155 mm/L39 howitzer, which was developed from the FH70 towed howitzer. It is fitted with an automated loading system. The AS90 is compatible with all standard NATO 155 mm ammunition. Maximum range of fire is 24.7 km with standard HE-FRAG projectile and 32 km with a rocket assisted projectile. A total of 48 rounds are carried. The AS90 is capable of firing 3 rounds in 10 seconds. Maximum rate of fire is 6 rounds per minute, sustained - 2 rounds per minute.
Secondary armament consists of 7.62 mm machine gun. The AS90 is also fitted with smoke grenade dischargers.
The AS90 has a welded hull and turret. Its armor provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is claimed that front armor can withstand 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. All-round protection is against 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle is fitted with an NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.
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