Russia would like to supply 2S19 MSTA-S 152mm self-propelled howitzer to India 1102142


Defence & Security News - India

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 09:33 AM
Russia would like to supply 2S19 MSTA-S 152mm self-propelled howitzer to India.
Russian State arms exporter Rosoboronexport is looking to expand cooperation with India and is focusing on joint production with the country. The company is expected to discuss the progress of the tender to supply 152mm self-propelled artillery systems 2S19 MSTA-S.

The Russian 2S19 MSTA-S is currently under trial tests in India. The howitzer’s chassis has a high level of commonality for components and units with the chassis of the T-90S MBT, whose licenced production has already been mastered at India’s Heavy Vehicles Factory in Avadi.

The 2S19 MSTA-S is a 152mm self-propelled howitzer designed and manufactured by the Russian Company Uraltransmash of Ekaterinberg. It entered service with the Russian Army in 1989.

The Main armament of 2S19 comprises a long-barreled 152 mm gun, the 2A64, fitted with a fume extractor and a muzzle brake. The 152 mm 2A64 main armament of the 2S19 is manufactured by the Barrikady State Production Association.

The 152 mm 2A64 gun fires an HE-FRAG (high-explosive fragmentation) round designated OF-45 to a maximum range of 24.7 km.

Rosoboronexport officials held talks with Indian partners on current and future projects, including upgrading of previously delivered equipment, including the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, T-72 and T-90S tanks.

According to senior official, Russia exported $4.78 billion worth of arms and military equipment to India last year.

The sales represented a leap of more than 50 % over Russian exports of weaponry to India in 2012, estimated at about $3 billion.