2S19M1 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers delivered to Russian army ahead of schedule
The Ural Transport Engineering Plant handed over to the military a batch of modernized 2S19M1 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, the company reports on its website.
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2S19M1 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer being transferred to the Russian army (Picture source: topwar.ru)
Uraltrasmash sent a batch of modernized 2S19M1 Msta-S self-propelled guns to the army as part of the State defense order, and ahead of schedule. The number of howitzers transferred to the military is not reported topwar.ru comments. As part of the modernization, all equipment received automated guidance and fire control system (ASUNO), and a major overhaul of all components and parts was also carried out.
2S19M1 Msta-S is a modernized version of the 152-mm self-propelled guns Msta-S, equipped with a programmable loading system. The maximum firing range is 29 km. Ammunition: 50 shells. Maximum speed: 60 km / h. Autonomy: more than 600 km. The upgraded self-propelled guns can fire all types of projectiles, including Krasnopol-guided munitions.
2K25 Krasnopol smart munition (Picture source: Wikipedia)
The 2K25 Krasnopol is a 152/155 mm cannon-launched, fin-stabilized, base bleed-assisted, semi-automatic laser-guided, artillery weapon system. It automatically 'homes' on a point illuminated by a laser designator, typically operated by a drone or ground-based artillery observer. Krasnopol projectiles are fired mainly from Soviet self-propelled howitzers such as the 2S3 Akatsiya and 2S19 Msta-S and intended to engage small ground targets such as tanks, other direct fire weapons, strong-points, or other significant point targets visible to the observer. It can be used against both stationary and moving targets (providing these remain within the observer's field of view).