Russian state media have recently released footage showcasing the trials of the newest 2S43 “Malva” self-propelled howitzer.
The new Russian 152mm artillery system is mounted on an 8×8 wheeled chassis produced by the Bryansk Automobile Plant. It was developed as part of the “Nabrosok” R&D program.
The main weapon for the system is a 152mm rifled howitzer, designated as 2A64, with a barrel length of 47 calibers, which is identical to the 2S19 “Msta-S” self-propelled howitzer.
The wheeled self-propelled artillery platform offers greater maneuverability compared to its tracked counterparts, all while boasting an extended service life and lower operating costs. The time required for deployment, displacement, and target acquisition is significantly reduced in comparison to towed artillery or tracked systems.
The “Malva” has the capability to conduct multiple rounds simultaneous impact (MRSI) fire missions, where several projectiles are fired at the same time to reach the target simultaneously. The onboard equipment suite streamlines ammunition handling and provides automated fire control. Additionally, the howitzer is equipped with an autonomous power unit that supplies electricity while in position.
The “Malva” can travel up to 1,000 km on public roads without refueling, thanks to its full-wheel drive and powerful diesel engine, allowing it to traverse off-road terrain effectively. It can also be transported in an Il-76 transport aircraft, making it quickly deployable over long distances.
Back in August, Russia’s defense and technology conglomerate Rostec announced that a contract had been awarded to initiate production of the first batch of the cutting-edge 2S43 “Malva” 152mm self-propelled howitzer for the Russian Armed Forces.
“Malva has already passed state tests. Now its serial production has been launched. The first samples will be delivered to the troops in the coming months,” stated Vladimir Artyakov, First Deputy Director General of Rostec.