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130-mm self-propelled gun

Bereg SPG

The Bereg mobile coastal defense gun in currently in service with Russia

Entered service 2003
Crew 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 43.7 t
Length 12.95 m
Width 3.1 m
Height 3.93 m
Main gun 130-mm gun
Barrel length 54 calibers
Machine guns -
Projectile weight 33.4 kg
Maximum range of fire 27 km
Maximum rate of fire 10 rpm
Elevation range - 5 to + 50 degrees
Traverse range 240 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 40 rounds
Machine guns -
Engine D12A-525 38.9-liter diesel
Engine power 525 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 650 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.3 m


   The Bereg (coast) 130-mm self-propelled coastal defense gun was developed in the late 80s. It is also referred as the A-222. The main mission of this artillery system is to engage surface ships and prevent over-the-beach landings of enemy forces. It can also engage small-size fast moving naval targets, such as small landing ships, fast attack craft and air-cushioned vessels at a range of up to 20 km. It can also engage ground targets. The Bereg was developed as a supplement to mobile costal defense missile systems, as all missile systems have a dead zone from 7 to 25 km and are unable to defend costal zones alone. Another advantage comparing with missiles is cost per fired projectile. The Bereg was first publicly revealed in 1993. A small number of these artillery system is currently in service with Russia. First systems were delivered in 2003. It was also proposed for export customers, however received no production orders.

   The Bereg self-propelled gun is based on a MAZ-543M high-mobility special wheeled chassis, which offers great cross-country performance.

   A rotating turret is mounted at the rear of the vehicle. It has a traverse range of 240 degrees. The Bereg fires HE-Frag, armor-piercing and illumination rounds. It is also compatible with laser-guided rounds, however this feature is proposed as an option. Maximum range of fire is 27 km. This gun has load-assisting system, so the rate of fire is about 10 rounds per minute. A total of 40 rounds are carried.

   The Bereg carries no secondary weapons for self-defense.

   This artillery system can stop and fire within 3-5 minutes from travelling. Four hydraulic jacks are lowered to the grounds in order to stabilize the vehicle. The Bereg SPG can fire from unprepared positions.

   This artillery system is operated by a crew of 8.

   This mobile costal defense gun is powered by a standard tank engine, developing 525 hp. This engine has a 38.9-liter displacement. Bereg is also fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is turned off. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system as standard.

   The Bereg artillery systems operate in batteries. A single battery typically consists of 6-8 artillery systems, command vehicle and support vehicle. Command and support vehicles are also based on the MAZ-543M 8x8 wheeled chassis. Firing data is provided by command vehicle. Self-propelled guns can be located up to 1 000 m away from one another. A command vehicle can track 4 targets simultaneously and battery can engage 2 different targets at once. These mobile systems ensure defense of large areas and can briefly redeploy to other firing positions. A single artillery system can also select targets and fire autonomously. The Bereg battery is designed to operate autonomously for a week.

Video of the Bereg 130-mm mobile coastal defense gun

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