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Floks

120 mm self-propelled mortar system

Floks 120 mm artillery system

The Floks artillery system can fire all 120 mm mortar mines

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 13 t
Length ~ 8 m
Width 2.5 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Main gun 120 mm mortar/howitzer
Barrel length ?
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Projectile weight 17.3 kg
Maximum firing range 13 km
Maximum rate of fire up to 10 rpm
Elevation range - 2 to + 80 degrees
Traverse range 35 degrees (?)
Ammunition load
Main gun 80 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 300 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.55 m
Trench up to 1.2 m
Fording up to 1.75 m

 

   The Floks (phlox) is a new Russian self-propelled mortar system. It was first publicly revealed in 2016. There is a trend in Russia to call their artillery systems after flowers. It seems that this new artillery system is aimed both at the possible Russian Army requirement. The Floks is proposed to replace towed artillery systems of similar caliber in the Russian Army. It is also offered for export customers.

   The truck-mounted artillery system combines features of mortar and howitzer. It can deliver direct and indirect fire. Russia is among the few countries that operate such unique artillery systems. Furthermore this vehicle is new in concept, as it is the first truck-mounted system of this type.

   The Floks is based on the chassis of the Ural-4320 6x6 truck. This truck is widely used in Russia. Its gun uses some components of the 2S31 Vena self-propelled mortar system.

   This 120 mm artillery system is compatible with all munitions, developed for the Soviet/Russian 120 mm combined gun/mortar systems, such as 2S9 Nona-S. It can fire various munitions, including HEAT, HE-FRAG, and smoke. Maximum range of fire with these munitions is 13 km. Also this artillery system can fire any 120 mm mortar mines. Maximum range using mortar mines is 7.5 km. For precision attacks against armored targets the Floks can use Kitolov-2M precision guided munitions. These have a range of 10 km. So overall it is a versatile weapon, which can be used as a howitzer or mortar. A total of 80 rounds of ammunition are carried onboard. 28 rounds are ready to use. More rounds can be carried by escorting truck.

   Maximum rate of fire is up to 8 rounds per minute when firing HE-FRAG rounds and up to 10 rounds per minute, when firing mines.

   The Floks has a modern fire control system, which promises good fire accuracy. This artillery system can exchange firing data with an associated command post vehicle. Also it can select targets and operate entirely independently.

   This artillery system is intended to operate close to the frontline. So vehicle is fitted with an armored crew cab. It protects the crew from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Cab's floor withstands blasts equivalent to 2 kg of TNT. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection system.

   Vehicle is fitted with a remotely-controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun. It is used for self-defense. Also there are firing ports provided for the crew to fire their individual weapons.

   This artillery system is operated by a crew of 4 men. It takes a couple of minutes to prepare the Floks for firing. This artillery system can briefly redeploy in order to avoid counter-battery fire.

   It seems that the Floks is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 300 hp. It seems that it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The last mentioned improves cross-country mobility over difficult terrain, such as as sand, snow and mud. With preparation vehicle can ford water obstacles up to 1.75 m deep.

 

 
Floks 120 mm artillery system

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Floks 120 mm artillery system

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Floks 120 mm artillery system

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Floks 120 mm artillery system

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Floks 120 mm artillery system

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Floks 120 mm artillery system

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