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Magnolia 120 mm gun/mortar

The Magnolia is a new artillery system designed for Russia Navy's Arctic Brigade

Country of origin Russia
Entered service ?
Crew 4
Dimensions and weight
Weight 40 ~ 45 t
Length ~ 16 m
Width ~ 3.1 m
Height ~ 4 m
Main gun 120 mm gun/mortar
Barrel length ?
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Projectile weight 17.3 kg
Maximum firing range 7 / 8.5 / 10 km
Maximum rate of fire 8 / 10 rpm
Elevation range - 5 to + 80 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun at least 80 rounds
Machine guns ~ 500 rounds
Engine YaMZ-847-10 diesel
Engine power 800 hp
Maximum road speed 45 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 5 km/h
Range up to 700 km
Gradient 70%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1.5 m
Trench up to 4.5 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Magnolia is a new Russian artillery system. It was specially designed to operate in harsh arctic environment. It is based on a DT-10PM Vezdesusciy articulated all-terrain tracked carrier. Such artillery system could be used by the Russian Navy's separate Arctic Brigade. Though it has not been adopted yet. Recently Russian adopted some other new weapon systems and transport vehicles for its Arctic Brigade, including the Tor M2DT short-range air-defense missile system, DT-10PM and GAZ-3344 and TTM-4902 articulated all-terrain tracked carriers.

   The Magnolia can operate in the areas where there are no roads. It has articulated configuration with 2 units. The front unit has a fully-enclosed forward control cab and also accommodates the engine. The rear unit is fitted with the ordnance and carries ammunition.

   The Magnolia is fitted with a rifled 120 mm gun/mortar. This weapon is breech loaded. It can be used as a mortar or howitzer and deliver direct and indirect fire. A number of similar artillery systems were developed in Soviet Union and Russia starting from the 2S9 Nona-S. Though most other countries, except China, do not use such artillery systems that combine features of both mortar and howitzer.

   This Russian artillery system can use either any standard 120 mm mortar shells or special 120 mm gun shells. For precision attacks against armored targets it uses Kitolov-2M precision guided munitions.

  The Magnolia is compatible with all munitions, developed for the Soviet/Russian 120 mm combined gun/mortar systems including HEAT, HE-FRAG, smoke munitions.

   Maximum range of fire is 7 km with mortar shells, 8.5 km with HE-FRAG gun shells and 10 km with Kitolov-2M precision guided munitions. Interestingly range of the Magnolia is slightly shorter comparing with other Russian gun/mortar systems.

   This artillery system carries at least 80 rounds of ammunition. The gun is loaded manually. Maximum rate of fire is up to 8 rpm with gun shells and up to 10 rpm with mortar shells.

   Its fire control system ensures a high first-round-hit probability.

   Magnolia has a secondary roof-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun for self-defense.

   Cab of this artillery system is lightly armored. It provides some degree of protection for the crew against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   This artillery system is operated by a crew of 4, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   This artillery system is powered by a YaMZ-847-10 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 800 hp. Engine is fitted with a pre-heater and can be started when the temperature is as low as -50C. Vehicle has a 4-speed gearbox with a locking differential. All four rubber tracks are driven. The Magnolia has incredible cross-country mobility due to its wide tracks and low ground pressure. It can easily travel where there are no roads. It can go over snow, sand and marshlands. It is claimed that this vehicle can even run over an anti-tank mine without causing detonation. Furthermore the Magnolia is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by its tracks.



Magnolia 120 mm gun/mortar

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Magnolia 120 mm gun/mortar

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Magnolia 120 mm gun/mortar

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