Best-Kept Secrets of Russia’s ‘Sniper’ Howitzer Revealed

Self-propelled artillery gun 2S35 on the Armata Coalition-SV platform, displayed at the Russia Arms Expo.

A gun with a firing range far exceeding all existing analogues, unique fire-control electronics and a modern superfast loading system – these are just a few features that make Russia’s Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzer one of the most powerful and accurate around.

 Packing a Punch: A Self-Propelled Gun That’s Worth a Whole Battery

Even though information about the Koalitsiya’s exact rate of fire remains under wraps, Russian experts say that it is higher than that of any of its foreign analogues.This includes Germany’s PsH 2000, which fires 10 rounds a minute, China’s PLZ-05 with its eight rounds per minute capability and, of course, Britain’s Brave Hart, which can fire maximum six times per minute, Zvezda TV reported on Sunday.

The Koalitsiya owes its record rate of fire largely to a unique barrel-cooling system developed by the Burevestnic research institute in Moscow.

Even though the Koalitsiya-SV resembles the older 2S19 Msta-S, it is a totally different system. It has an unmanned turret and is armed with a 152-mm gun. It also has a fully automated ammunition loading and handling system utilizing a modular charge mechanism.

This artillery system can fire a wide range of munitions, including standard and rocket-assisted HE-FRAG projectiles, cluster projectiles with anti-tank submunitions and jammer-carrying shells.

The range of fire with a standard projectile is around 30 km and around 40 km with rocket-assisted projectile.This artillery system carries an impressive onboard ammunition supply of around 60 to 70 rounds. The Koalitsiya-SV has an automatic targeting and charge selection system.

The self-propelled howitzer is operated by a crew of only three, including a commander gunner and driver. Crewmembers are located in a well-protected compartment at the front of the hull.

The armor of this vehicle protects the crew against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. The vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

Self-propelled artillery system Koalitsiya-SV
Self-propelled artillery system Koalitsiya-SV

The Koalitsiya-SV’s tracked chassis  uses components of the T-90 main battle tank and is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine developing around 1,000 hp.

A single Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun is worth an entire artillery battery, deputy commander of Russia’s Missile Troops and Artillery, Maj.-Gen. Alexander Dragovalovsky told reporters in November.

“It’s a new weapon, cutting edge. Its capabilities effectively allow it to replace a whole battery,” Dragovalovsky said.

Overall, the Koalitsiya-SV presents a quantum leap forward for Russia’s defense industry and it won’t be long before this long-range howitzer with a truly sniper capability enters service in the Russian armed forces.

A single Russian state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun is worth an entire artillery battery, deputy commander of Russia’s Missile Troops and Artillery, Major-General Alexander Dragovalovsky told the press.

“It’s a new weapon, cutting edge. Its capabilities effectively allow it to replace a whole battery,” Dragovalovsky said.He pointed out that Koalitsiya has a very high degree of automation, with the turret being completely unmanned and the vehicle’s crew residing within the hull.
The new 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun was first presented to the public during the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2015.

The 152mm self-propelled gun, with its maximum firepower, is designed to eliminate enemy armored units, infantry and fortifications. It’s outfitted with an autonomous power unit, crew amenities, a satellite communication network and secure data link systems.

Due to its pneumatic loader and microwave shell priming system, the Koalitsiya-SV is capable of firing up to 16 shells per minute. Its ammunition capacity is 50-70 shells, including precision-guided munitions linked to the GLONASS system, Russia’s equivalent of the US-based GPS satellite network


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2 Responses to "Best-Kept Secrets of Russia’s ‘Sniper’ Howitzer Revealed"

  1. rockwool  December 24, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I would guess the point is to kill the supremacist view on Western equipment over Russian/Eastern counterparts.

    We’ve been fed A LOT of propaganda on both sides but since 9 media conglomerates own 99,x% of all world media (while only 6 of them own 85%) we in the West have eaten most of the balloney, by far, and our ego’s are accordingly.

    WWIII can be avoided partially by killing that supremacist notion of Western technology – some 20 former officers of the USS Donald Cook would argue.

  2. STOP godvernment TREASONS  December 24, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Don’t ISIS/ISIL and the terrorist supporters that champion it have some targets to shoot at?

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