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Thursday, February 9, 2012, 09:19 AM
 
Venezuela armed forces are now equipped with Russian made 2S23 Nona 120mm mortar carrier.
The army of Venezuela has become one of the best customers for the Russian defense industry. During the last military parade which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the failed coup attempt by President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, the Russian made self-propelled mortar vehicle 2S23 Nona-SVK was shown for the first time.
     

The army of Venezuela has become one of the best customers for the Russian defense industry. During the last military parade which commemorates the 20th anniversary of the failed coup attempt by President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, the Russian made self-propelled mortar vehicle 2S23 Nona was shown for the first time.
A 2S23 Nona-SVK self-propelled mortar carrier 120mm drives during a military parade commemorating the 20th anniversary of the failed coup attempt by President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday Feb. 4, 2012

     

The first batch of mortars was delivered from Russia in January, to enter service in the Venezuelan armed forces.

Although the exact number of 2S23 Nona-SVK received is not known, it is believed that the Army currently has at least 18. The first batch of vehicles was delivered to the 412th Armored Battalion.

The 2S23 Nona-SVK is a wheeled self-propelled mortar carrier designed and manufactured by the Russian defence industry. The 2S23 is armed with 120mm 2A60 breech loaded mortar. A 7.62 mm machine gun is mounted on the top of the turret.

Maximum range of fire is 8.85 km with ordinary projectiles, 12.8 km with rocket assisted projectiles and 7.15 km with mines.

 
 
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