Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Russia’s modern air-droppable artillery system gets ‘leaked’on Instagram

An image of a new ‘Lotos’ self-propelled and air-droppable artillery system was posted on the official Instagram account of the TsNIITochMash design bureau, a Rostec subsidiary.

The image of the new self-propelled artillery system is placed on the pages of the calendar of the TsNIITochMash enterprise for 2019, have been ‘leaked’ on Instagram.

“The Lotus flower has become a kind of inspiration for us. Despite external fragility, it grows under the most difficult conditions, ” said on the pages of the calendar.


The model of new 2S42 ‘Lotos’ air-droppable self-propelled 120 mm mortar system also was unveiled during the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition, outside Moscow.

The 2S42 ‘Lotos’ is equipped with a highly automated turret fighting compartment with a 120-mm mortar. It is compatible with rifled rounds, specially developed for this artillery system, and any 120-mm mortar mines.

2S42 air-droppable self-propelled 120 mm mortar system (c)

The new mortar system is based on the upgraded chassis of the BMD-4 airborne assault vehicle. It is operated by a four-man crew comprising a commander, a driver/mechanic, a gunner, and a loader.

The new vehicle allegedly has a total weight of 18,000 kg. The maximum speed of more than 70 km/h and a cruising range of up to 500 km. Maximum range of fire is 13 km. Minimal firing range is 1 km firing rounds and 400 m, firing mines.

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