Tuesday 16 July, 2024

Russian Ground Forces receive upgraded 2S19M1 Msta howitzers

The Ural Transport Engineering Plant reported on 30 August that it had handed over a batch of modernised 152 mm 2S19M1 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers to the Russian Ground Forces.

Uraltrasmash also reported that the modernised batch of 2S19M1 Msta-S howitzers had been delivered ahead of schedule. The number of platforms was not disclosed.

As part of the modernisation, all equipment received automated guidance and fire control system (ASUNO), and a major overhaul of all components and parts was also carried out.

In a statement, the company said: “2S19M1 ‘Msta-S’ is a modernized version of the famous self-propelled howitzer. It has several unique tactical and technical characteristics, among them a high rate of fire, the ability to fire various types of projectiles, as well as the ability to quickly occupy and leave a firing position.”

The 152-mm self-propelled Msta-S is equipped with a programmable loading system and has a maximum firing range of 29 km.

The upgraded self-propelled guns can fire all types of projectiles, including Krasnopol-guided munitions.

The Russian Ground Forces have around 760 2S19M1 and 2S19M2 howitzers currently in service as of 2021.

2S19 Msta

Type:Self-propelled howitzer
Country of origin:Soviet Union/Russia
In service:1989 – present
Operators:Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ethiopia, Georgia, Morocco, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela
Weight:42 tonnes
Length:7.15 m
Width:3.38 m
Height:2.99 m
Main armament:152mm 2A64 47-calibre howitzer
Secondary armament:Turret-mounted 12.7mm NSVT heavy machine gun
Engine:V-84A 12-cylinder four-stroke water-cooled supercharged diesel (840 hp)
Range:500 km
Speed:60 km/h (37 mph)
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil has a keen interest in the UK armed forces and national security issues as well as global defence procurement and cyber security matters. He also researches and writes about Scottish and military history.

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