Israeli L-33 Roem 155 mm self-propelled howitzer on M4 Sherman chassis in Yad la-Shiryon Museum, Israel.
The L33 (the length of the barrel in calibres) 155 mm self-propelled gun-howitzer was developed in the late 1960s by Soltam Systems Limited. It is basically a Sherman M4A3E8 tank chassis, originally designed and built during the Second World War, fitted with a Cummins diesel engine, a new all-welded steel superstructure and a Soltam Systems 155 mm M-68 gun-howitzer taken from the Soltam Systems 155 mm towed system.Production of the L33 (which has also been referred to as the 155 mm M68 self-propelled gun) commenced just after the 1967 war and it was used operationally for the first time during the 1973 Middle East conflict.No production figures for the Soltam Systems L33 155 mm self-propelled gun-howitzer have been released. It is estimated that about 150 units were built for the Israel Defense Forces and where in service in front line or reserve units.
Picture added on 08 October 2011 at 09:29