The Serbian NORA B-52 Self Propelled Gun
Manufactured in two versions, the first NORA B-52 mounted a modified Russian 152mm (calibre Length 45) D-20 Howitzer main gun on a wheeled 8×8 FAP 2882 truck chassis. The vehicle has a forward cab and compartment for the 5 man crew and behind this is the ammunition storage for 40 rounds. The main gun is mounted on a powered traversable mount with a large gun shield. Some publications state this is in service with the Serbian Army, however it is not listed on their official website.
During 2003 development had started on an improved version and by 2004 the manufacturer Yugoimport announced it completion. The improved version is called the NORA B-52K1 (M3) and is most commonly referred to as just NORA B-52 and is the main production model.
The modifications were extensive and almost a completely new vehicle. The main gun is a 155mm (calibre Length 52) Howitzer, allowing the operation nation to purchase 155mm ammunition as used by NATO countries. The main gun is mounted in a powered traversable turret with the gunner. On the rear of the turret is an auto-loader with two bins, one for rounds and the other with charges. The vehicle has a modern fire control system and can be fitted with navigation/pointing equipment.
The vehicle uses a KamAZ 63501 8×8 wheeled truck chassis with a crew a cab and behind this is the storage for ammunition. A total of 36 rounds are stored. there are four hydraulic legs on the vehicle used to stabilise the vehicle when firing.
Video of the Improved NORA B-52K1 Self Propelled Gun (Video up loader has miss-titled)
Burma – 30 NORA B-52K1 exported/ordered around 2007
Bangladesh – 18 NORA B-52K1 ordered in 2011 and fitted with a SAGEM Sigma 30 inertial navigation
Kenya – 30 but not much is known about this order
Serbia – undisclosed number are supposed to be in service to replace their ageing 2S1’s