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2S19 Msta-S

152-mm self-propelled howitzer

2S19 Msta-S SPH

The 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer is capable of firing Krasnopol precision guided munitions

 
 
Entered service 1989
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 42 t
Length (gun forward) 11.92 m
Hull length 6.04 m
Width 3.58 m
Height 2.98 m
Armament
Main gun 152-mm
Barrel length 47 calibers
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Projectile weight 42.86 - 43.56 kg
Maximum firing range 24.7 - 28.9 km
Maximum rate of fire 7 - 8 rpm
Elevation range - 3 to + 65 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 50 rounds
Machine guns 300 rounds
Mobility
Engine V46-6 diesel
Engine power 780 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.85 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m

 

   The 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer entered service with the Soviet Army in 1989. Currently it is in service with Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ukraine and Venezuela. Russian Army operates about 550 of these artillery systems.

   It is fitted with a 152-mm / L47 howitzer, which is similar to that used on the 2A65 Msta-B towed howitzer, additionally fitted with an semi-automatic loader and fume extractor. This gun can be loaded at any angle. Maximum rate of fire is 7-8 rounds per minute. The Msta-S is compatible with all standard 152-mm projectiles used by the D-20 towed gun-howitzer and 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer. The 2S19 fires a wide range of munitions, including standard and rocket-assisted HE-FRAG projectiles, cluster projectiles with anti-tank submunitions, jammer carrying projectiles. It is capable of firing Krasnopol precision guided munitions. Maximum range of fire is 24.7 km with standard HE-FRAG projectile and 28.9 with rocket-assisted projectile. The Krasnopol projectile has a maximum range of 20 km and a hit probability of 90%. It can also hit moving vehicles. A total of 50 rounds are carried inside the Msta-S. This artillery system has a brief reaction time. It can stop and fire its first round within 1-2 minutes from travelling.

   A separate conveyer in the rear of the turret allows loading of ground ammunition. Two additional crew members are required in order to fire using ground ammunition.

   Secondary armament of the 2S19 Msta-S SPH consists of remotely controlled 12.7-mm machine gun mounted on top of the roof. Vehicle is also fitted with smoke grenade dischargers.

   Hull ant turret of the Msta-S are welded from steel armor. It provides protection for the crew against small arms and artillery shell splinters. This artillery system is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Tracked chassis of the Msta-S SPH uses many components of the T-72 and T-80 main battle tanks. Hull of the Msta-S resembles that of the T-72 MBT, however it has significantly thinner armor. Vehicle is powered by a rear-mounted V-46-6 diesel engine, developing 780 hp. Some howitzers were fitted with a more powerful V-84A diesel engine, developing 840 hp. Additionally it is equipped with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is turned off. The Msta-S self-propelled howitzer is fitted with a deep wading kit. With preparation it fords water obstacles up to 5 m deep. Vehicle is also fitted with a self-entrenching blade.

 

Variants

 

   2S19M, fitted with computerized fire control system;

   2S19M1, export version, fitted with a 155-mm / L52 howitzer. It is compatible with standard NATO ammunition. Maximum range of fire is 30 km with a standard projectile and 40 km with rocket-assisted projectile. It is compatible with Krasnopol-M precision guided munitions. A total of 46 rounds are carried;

   2S19M2 upgraded version. It entered service with the Russian Army in 2013;

   2S35 Koalitsiya-SV, is a new Russian artillery system. It is a further development of the Msta-S.

 

 

Video of the Msta-S self-propelled howitzer

 
2S19 Msta-S SPH

2S19 Msta-S SPH

2S19 Msta-S SPH

2S19 Msta-S SPH

2S19 Msta-S SPH

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