Friday, January 22, 2021

Russia to begin testing its new mobile 152mm howitzer

Russian state media is reporting that the 2S43 Malva self-propelled artillery system on the wheeled chassis will begin testing this year.

Currently, the schedule of work on the newest self-propelled artillery system 2S43 Malva has been approved.

A report from the Russian newspaper Izvestia stated that the document was prepared at the end of last year. According to this schedule, the developers of the unique howitzer, as part of the development work (ROC) “Nabrosok” by the end of 2020, were to conduct the first firing. Testing is expected to begin in spring or early summer this year.

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The new Malva self-propelled artillery gun based on the wheeled chassis of the BAZ 8×8 platform.

The primary weapon is a 152mm cannon, equipped with a muzzle brake and a recoil system. The ammunition capacity of the self-propelled gun is 30 shells and the maximum firing range is approximately 24.5 km.

The 32t vehicle is operated by five crew members, the driver, the commander, and three gunners.

The self-propelled howitzer is designed to defeat armoured vehicles, tanks, tactical nuclear weapons, anti-tank weapons, artillery and mortar batteries, enemy manpower and equipment, facilities, air defense missile systems, as well as command and control centers.

CORRECTION: Story corrected to note that Malva is a 152mm self-propelled artillery system. 

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