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Russia creates a new high-power artillery battalion

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Russia creates a new high-power artillery battalion with 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled mortars in service.

On 1 December, in the artillery brigade of the 2nd combined arms army stationed in the Orenburg region, the first alignment of the new battalion’s personnel took place and a solemn transfer to them of the new vehicles received by the state defenсe order.

“Today we handed over 8 heavy self-propelled mortars 2S4 Tyulpan to the personnel of the artillery battalion during the official ceremony,” Major General Roman Berdnikov said.


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Also, Roman Berdnikov noted that the appearance of such an artillery battalion will greatly enhance combat capabilities.

More: UkrOboronService unveils new Mobile Mortar Complex at Arms and Security exhibition

The 2S4 Tyulpan is a self-propelled mortar based on the GMZ tracked minelaying vehicle carrying an externally mounted M-240 240 mm breech-loading mortar on the rear of the hull.

More: Russia develops new air-droppable self-propelled 120 mm mortar system

The mortar has a range of 9,650 m but an extended range munition exists with a possible range of 20,000 m. Due to the large size of the weapon and the weight of the ammunition (130 kg for a standard projectile) it has a slow rate of fire: one round per minute. In addition to the high explosive bombs, it can fire armour-piercing, chemical and nuclear rounds. It can also fire the “Smel’chak” (“Daredevil”), a laser-guided round.

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