Production of the upgraded Serbian 105 mm M56 towed howitzer fitted with a 33-calibre barrel has commenced for an undisclosed export customer, which signed a contract for 36 weapons (two battalions, each with 18 weapons).
The contract, which was placed with Yugoimport SDPR in 2017, covers new M56s, and this is the first time that new M56/33 calibre howitzers have been built in Serbia. The first weapons will be sent in July.
The original M56 was developed for the former Yugoslavia and was exported to countries including Cyprus, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, and Myanmar, but production was completed.
The M56 was fitted with a 105 mm, 27.8-calibre barrel with a triple baffle muzzle brake.
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