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|Gun, 105mm, Field, L118|
A Brazilian L118.
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Mass||1,858 kg (4,096 lb)|
|Length||8.8 m (28 ft 10 in)|
|Width||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Height||2.13 m (7 ft)|
|Crew||6 (normal), 4 (reduced)|
|Calibre||105 mm (4.1 in)|
|Rate of fire||6-8 rounds per minute|
|Muzzle velocity||maximum 708 m/s (2,320 ft/s)|
|Maximum firing range||17,200 m (18,800 yd)|
The L118 Light Gun is a 105 mm towed howitzer. It was first made for the British Army] in the 1970s. It has been moved around the globe ever since, including to the United States, where a changed version of the L118 is known as the M119A1. The official name for the L118 is "Gun, 105mm, Field, L118" but it is almost always just called "the Light Gun".
Different types of L118
The L119 has a different barrel. This gives the gun a maximum range of 11,400 metres. In British service, the L119 was used only for training at the Royal School of Artillery. The last British L119s were retired in 2005. However, the L119 is popular with many customers from other countries who still need M1 ammunition.
The Indian 105 mm light gun has many features which are similar to the UK equipment. In the late 1960s India brought the Value Engineered Abbot variant into service.
In the 1990s the gun was made under licence in Australia for the Australian and New Zealand armies. These used parts which were mostly made in Australia. In Australian service it is called the Hamel gun.
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