Pakistani Moves Discounted Chinese SH-15 SPH Howitzers in Indian Borders

Sources – AFI

In a significant move aimed at bolstering its artillery capabilities, the Pakistan Army has recently rearmed the 28th and 32nd Artillery Regiments under the IV Corps in Lahore with the newly imported Chinese SH-15 Self-Propelled (SP) howitzers. These regiments, operating within the 2nd Artillery Division, play a crucial role in the defense of Punjab and the northern Rajasthan border sectors. The rearmament initiative is part of Pakistan’s broader strategy to modernize its military and enhance its firepower.

The SH-15 is a state-of-the-art self-propelled howitzer developed by China and chosen by Pakistan for its artillery modernization program. In 2019. Pakistan placed an order for 236 of these advanced artillery pieces. The howitzer boasts impressive range, accuracy, and mobility, making it a valuable asset for strategic and tactical operations.

The delivery of the SH-15 howitzers took place in two phases. The first lot, comprising 42 guns, was delivered in January 2022. The Pakistan Army proudly showcased these newly acquired assets during the March 22 Army Day Parade, highlighting the nation’s commitment to maintaining a modern and capable defense force

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The second lot consisting of 56 guns, was handed over in April 2023. This subsequent delivery played a pivotal role in the rearmament process, allowing the Pakistan Army to equip three artillery regiments, each receiving 18 guns. The deployment of these advanced howitzers further strengthens Pakistan’s artillery capabilities in key strategic locations

The rearming of the 28th and 32nd Artillery Regiments under the IV Corps is strategically significant as it reinforces Pakistan’s defense posture along the Punjab and northern Rajasthan border sectors. These regions hold critical importance in the country’s overall security framework, and the deployment of the SH-15 howitzers enhances the Army’s capacity to respond effectively to potential threats