TsNIITochMash completes acceptance tests of 2S42 Lotos self-propelled mortar system
TsNIITochMash, part of Russian Rostec State Corporation, has completed acceptance tests of the 2S42 Lotos 120mm amphibious self-propelled mortar system, the manufacturer announced. Its compliance with the specified tactical and technical characteristics has been confirmed.
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2S42 Lotos 120mm self-propelled mortar system (Picture source: Army Recognition)
The test program tat included 57 points made it possible to evaluate the performance of all components of the weapon system. During the tests, Lotos covered 400 km and fired 14 rounds. The military representation in TsNIITochMash signed an official document on the compliance of the prototype of the CAO with working design documentation and readiness for preliminary tests.
The Lotos has been created to meet the needs of the Russian Airborne Forces. It weighs only 18 tons and its 450 hp engine enbles it yo reach 70 km/h, with a range of at least 500 km. The self-propelled mortar is operated by a crew of four. It has a rate of fire of six to eight rounds per minute, with a firing range of up to 13 kilometers.
The mortar is mounted on a chassis based on the BMD-4M IFV, with a modified compartment for the 120-mm mortar with a high degree of automation for preparing and carrying out firing operations. The combat crew consists of four people.
During the tests, Lotos covered 400 km and fired 14 rounds (Picture source: Rostec)