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    2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion

    Post  AZZKIKR on Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:23 am

    Does anybody know about the status of these 2 vehicles, namely the 2s7 an 2s4 with regards to the "revamping" of the equipment, and will we see them when the Coalition series gets implemented?

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    Re: 2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion

    Post  Zivo on Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:54 am

    My guess would be the 2S7 gets the chop, and 2s4 remains with a new chassis. Nothing brings down the neighborhood like a 240mm shell. The Syrian Army has been using 2S4's to great effect over the past year, hammering rebel positions were tanks and artillery cant safely operate.

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    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:54 am

    The main problems with the 240mm mortar was lack of really accurate but also cheap ammo, and of course rate of fire and the size of the ammo reducing the amount that can be carried at a time.

    The new electronic fuses with built in control surfaces (like a Paveway kit but for artillery rounds), that cost about $1,000 US each mean that for 1/60th the cost of a Hellfire missile they can hit a target with a shell that weighs about 130kgs that can land within 10m of the target day or night in any weather conditions.

    These new fuse kits can be fitted to existing 152mm ammo, which means it replaces the old VG-67 and V-429-E fuse types. The 240mm bombs use 3VT25 fuses, but in its description the new fuse/guidance kit it was described as being compatible with 152mm and larger calibres so I assume it can use it too.

    For an increased cost in fuses all of a sudden a 2S4 suddenly becomes a very powerful weapon.

    I rather suspect that with the long barrel Koalition the 2S5 becomes redundant and will be withdrawn gradually, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the case of the 2S7 203mm gun.

    The extra weight of the 203mm shell is significant in terms of 152mm = about 40kgs for the HE shell, whereas the 203mm is about 110kgs per shell... the difference is significant.

    The question is what sort of programs to improve 203mm shells and guns has there been?

    If there is a Koalition program for the 203mm shells as well that greatly increases range and accuracy then naval and land based models make sense.

    152mm guns for Destroyers and 203mm guns for Cruisers?

    I rather suspect however that they might rely on the increased range and accuracy of the 152mm to replace the 203mm weapons.

    Is it worth keeping them for special heavy artillery units?

    There aren't many targets that can shrug off a 40kg shell landing directly on top of them, and for larger targets there would be the 240mm Mortar.

    My initial thoughts would be to put them in storage till they were needed, but it would probably make sense to either get rid of the whole calibre or give it an upgrade and keep it in service.

    I would have thought for fixed use like coastal artillery at ports and coastal population centres that 203mm guns would be useful even if they didn't have particularly long range.

    But then keeping the calibre would be a waste of effort... the Tornado rocket artillery plus existing tube artillery of mortars, gun mortars, and guns, the replacement of towed anti tank guns with kurganets and boomerang based "tank vehicles" should make the force more mobile and very powerful.


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    Re: 2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion

    Post  AZZKIKR on Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:18 am

    I doubt that the coalition will replace the 2S4 since the 2s4 and coalition fulfill 2 different operational needs. The former is a heavy mortar the latter is artillery.

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:21 am

    I agree, the real question though is how much room do they have in their reduced sized army for 120mm mortars AND 240mm mortars.

    The Koalition makes a lot of sense because the design is unified with the Navy, so in addition to Army vehicles including mounted on armata for the heavy brigades and a truck mounted model used to replace the Bereg coastal artillery vehicles and likely used in medium wheeled units, it is a useful and efficient system that offers excellent range and accuracy for relatively low cost.

    The 240mm mortar with guidance kits for its rounds make sense in smaller numbers... it would be very useful in mountains or urban areas where its near vertical trajectory on target is useful at hitting otherwise hidden targets and also against well dug in enemy forces that need rounds that will bury themselves in the dirt a few metres before exploding to take out bunkers and trenches.

    For general use a combined 120mm rifled gun/mortar is more mobile, offers the same effective plunging fire and guided shells makes sense.

    The question is do they want to keep the 203mm gun for specialist use or drop it to reduce logistics for the extra calibre.

    As I have said... it might depend on the navy... if they want a heavier gun to deliver a larger payload then it makes sense to build a specialist land vehicle, perhaps an extended chassis model of Armata based on the version with the engine at the front that will be used for IFV with an extra 2-3 wheels perhaps and a large recoil spade.

    They wouldn't need hundreds of vehicles, a few units for special use, just like the Navy would likely fit them to their Cruisers (ie upgraded Kirovs and perhaps upgraded Slavas). With Glonass guidance and a range of perhaps 50-60km and a shell that weighs 90-110kgs... the increased calibre could be useful for launching UAVs perhaps and other special ammo.

    Of course if the Navy don't want such a gun then I suspect the 2S7 could be put in storage in case their capabilities are needed.


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    Furture of 203mm artillery

    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:51 pm

    Suprisingly little has been mentioned about the most powerful SPG in the world the 2S7 pion. Was this type of arty a succesful concept(its strange no country has a modern analogue to the pion today)? Was it used in the afghan war?

    Are there plans to make future very long range heavy SPGs or has the MOD decided that 152mm is absolutely enough?

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    Re: 2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion

    Post  GarryB on Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:02 am

    Hard to say regarding future plans.

    I have not read anything about future plans for 203mm weapons in the Army or Navy... it would be interesting to see a new 203mm gun for the Navies Cruisers and for "special targets" for the Army.

    The problem is that with a range of up to 80km with the new 152mm shells... and more importantly with guidance systems that are cheap and give it very good accuracy out to maximum range the need for heavier shells becomes less and less.

    A 152mm shell is in the 40-50kg weight range, though the new long range shells will likely be lighter.

    In comparison the 203mm shells would be in the 100-110kg range, or pretty much double the weight, with a much larger volume for features like guidance systems or special payloads.

    I would like to see joint development on a new 203mm gun even if it just makes it as a weapon for the navies cruisers with a range of 100-120km, or perhaps the reduced range of 40km with super heavy 150kg shells.

    In terms of performance a 203mm shell would have impressive HEAT power and with a MMW radar seeker in the nose with two full sized HEAT charges one in front of the other the armour penetration would be enormous and would likely make a very effective round to undermine runways and concrete bunkers.

    In fact in this modern period of low collateral damage with an accurate guidance system and a solid metal body it could be used to target the engine of small boats... coming down almost vertically a 90kg lump of steel would punch clean through most boats top to bottom and disable pretty much any engine it happened to fall through, with no explosion.


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    2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion being phased out????

    Post  d_taddei2 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:51 am

    Hi all,

    Wonder if anyone can bring any info to the table about the 2S4 and 2S7 being phased out of the Russian armed forces.
    i am led to believe that only 8 units of 2S4 and only 12 units of 2S7 left in service. Surely the armed forces would use greater numbers of these awesome pieces of equipment, it seems almost pointless halfing small numbers of them in such a big armed force.

    I know that they maybe a little slow on their rate of fire, but surely the range and fire power alone is a justifiable reason to keep them in service. The 2S7 is pretty useful for counter battery fire, and the power and range of this easily puts it up at the top(if not first postion) for the longest range artillery in service, 37.5km or 55km(RAP). And then you've got the power of the awesome 203mm round.

    The 2S4 is great for urban eviroments where the high trajectory of mortars becomes very usefull in supporting ground forces, surpressing enemy, and bunker busting. The 2S4 despite having slow rate of fire the range and power of the round makes it worth while. Range 9.5km buts upgraded rounds can fire as far as 20km, the Smelchak round can also be used on the system.(smelchak link below)

    http://warfare.be/db/catid/254/linkid/1589/

    so if anyone has any views on the systems, uses, current Russian figures, and if it should be kept or phased out, please post a reply

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    Re: 2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion

    Post  GarryB on Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:19 am

    It seems to me that they could continue development of both systems and keep them in reserve for mountain fighting or fighting in situations that their unique capabilities make them useful for.

    the new coalition will have a range of 70km with long range rounds and about 55km for standard rounds with dual laser and satellite guidance. 3m CEP for SALH and 10m for satellite guidance with the latter likely to improve over time.

    Certainly if they go for a 203mm naval gun there could be a future for the 2S7 and much of the developments in payload technology and guidance could also be applied to the 2S4... both are niche weapons of enormous potential but unlikely to be mass produced and in every artillery unit of the future.

    That said, they are still very potent weapons that will become more useful with modern guided shells because the much higher hit probability means fewer rounds need be carried which is good because with the large calibres fewer rounds will be carried. the extra power and potency of the shells makes them more useful against harder targets too.

    They would be interesting export items too though with new base vehicles for commonality and improved performance...

    Perhaps an extended chassis Boomerang with 10 wheels with a 240mm mortar or 203mm main gun... the latter using technology from the Coalition to extend the firing range to double the way the existing system has extended the range of the MSTA... Some sort of rotary magazine with say 6 ready to fire rounds and then scoot to another firing position...


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    Re: 2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:45 am

    GarryB wrote:It seems to me that they could continue development of both systems and keep them in reserve for mountain fighting or fighting in situations that their unique capabilities make them useful for.

    the new coalition will have a range of 70km with long range rounds and about 55km for standard rounds with dual laser and satellite guidance. 3m CEP for SALH and 10m for satellite guidance with the latter likely to improve over time.

    Certainly if they go for a 203mm naval gun there could be a future for the 2S7 and  much of the developments in payload technology and guidance could also be applied to the 2S4... both are niche weapons of enormous potential but unlikely to be mass produced and in every artillery unit of the future.

    That said, they are still very potent weapons that will become more useful with modern guided shells because the much higher hit probability means fewer rounds need be carried which is good because with the large calibres fewer rounds will be carried. the extra power and potency of the shells makes them more useful against harder targets too.

    They would be interesting export items too though with new base vehicles for commonality and improved performance...

    Perhaps an extended chassis Boomerang with 10 wheels with a 240mm mortar or 203mm main gun... the latter using technology from the Coalition to extend the firing range to double the way the existing system has extended the range of the MSTA... Some sort of rotary magazine with say 6 ready to fire rounds and then scoot to another firing position...

    I know Khrushchev made the practical move to move away from big guns and choose to develop missile technology (a wise decision) but I feel like that now that we have GLONASS plus laser correction, big guns could seriously make a come back if there's enough interest. I seriously want to see modernized Tulip 240mm with a longer barrel and with Koaltion's advancements applied, and I think the best vehicle to mount on would be the MZKT-79221, the same as the Topol-M/RS-24 Yars. Some may debate whats the practicality of such a modernization outside of bunker busting, well I could see it having strategic nuclear shell carrying capability, a possible alternative to theater/short range ballistic missiles, due to INF treaty restraints.

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    Post  collegeboy16 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:07 am

    imo these are pretty much niche weapons, useful in siege type situations. In mobile war, airpower would be much better. A 240mm mortar can only lob about a hundred kilos of warhead, an aircraft can lift a couple of tons.

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    Post  d_taddei2 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:48 pm

    thanks all for the replies. some good points garry,

    garry and magnum I think your right about having them upgrade to Koalition standards, and upgraded vehicles to make them more mobile and better shoot and scoot capabilities, and like magnum pointed out with GLONASS with laser designation, there would be increased accuracy and coupled with the huge power of the munitions and long range the system becomes lethal. Shoot and scoot with smaller caliber systems would in effect have shorter range and need more rounds to be fired to cause the same amount of damage as one round from these systems so in effect would have longer shoot and scoot times. This would also be ideal for counter battery fire.

    I really do hope this type of system(in upgraded form) continues to exist. I think that long range, large caliber systems are overlooked in their potentional. Like what was pointed out about the INF treaty artillery shells would be exempt and are also cheaper than missle systems and dont have the risk of being shot out of the air.

    College boy u state that airpower is a better option. Airpower costs more to operate, and are not always available, and also have the risk of being shot down, and if destroyed more costly to replace. This type of artillery would be usefull if the enemy had good or many air defence systems in the area, this type of artillery if it got within range(quite likely against short to medium range systems) could devastate enemy air defence systems, paving the way for helicopters and fixed wing support.

    As well as all these uses the weapons systems also act as a psychological weapon. The enemy would fear such weapons especially after witnessing there range and power, and knowing that they have nothing similar in range or power to counter fire, especially if they are in built up areas or pinned down in a fixed area with nowwhere to run away to.

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    Re: 2S4 Tyulpan and 2S7 Pion

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:31 am

    d_taddei2 wrote:thanks all for the replies. some good points garry,

    garry and magnum I think your right about having them upgrade to Koalition standards, and upgraded vehicles to make them more mobile and better shoot and scoot capabilities, and like magnum pointed out with GLONASS with laser designation, there would be increased accuracy and coupled with the huge power of the munitions and long range the system becomes lethal. Shoot and scoot with smaller caliber systems would in effect have shorter range and need more rounds to be fired to cause the same amount of damage as one round from these systems so in effect would have longer shoot and scoot times. This would also be ideal for counter battery fire.

    I really do hope this type of system(in upgraded form) continues to exist. I think that long range, large caliber systems are overlooked in their potentional. Like what was pointed out about the INF treaty artillery shells would be exempt and are also cheaper than missle systems and dont have the risk of being shot out of the air.

    College boy u state that airpower is a better option. Airpower costs more to operate, and are not always available, and also have the risk of being shot down, and if destroyed more costly to replace. This type of artillery would be usefull if the enemy had good or many air defence systems in the area, this type of artillery if it got within range(quite likely against short to medium range systems) could devastate enemy air defence systems, paving the way for helicopters and fixed wing support.

    As well as all these uses the weapons systems also act as a psychological weapon. The enemy would fear such weapons especially after witnessing there range and power, and knowing that they have nothing similar in range or power to counter fire, especially if they are in built up areas or pinned down in a fixed area with nowwhere to run away to.

    With the Tulip 240mm, it's modernization should include:

    1.) Going from a low pressure mortar barrel to a high pressure howitzer barrel with Koalition advancements with the hopes of having a range of 150-300km .

    2.) New modern shells with a high pressure propellant GLONASS/laser correction and nuclear warheads.

    3.) A new rotary ammunition loading system with 6 ready to fire shells attached to the Tulip.

    4.) If possible a retractable barrel that's compressed while driving but extends before firing.

    5.) MZKT-79221 trucks as a new truck platform with an additional logistics support truck carrying 50 additional nuclear shells with a automatic loading mechanism that extends and quickly loads shells on to the Tulip's rotary container.


    ...I think the best use would be to combine in tandem with Iskander-M's, where the Iskanders would be used in the SEAD/DEAD role to knockout air defense and the Tulip would rain nuclear shells on fortified military bases.

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:27 am

    but I feel like that now that we have GLONASS plus laser correction, big guns could seriously make a come back if there's enough interest.

    I don't think it would be interesting for foreign powers to develop from scratch, but as Russia already has the technology, I think it is a useful capability that is worth keeping.

    I seriously want to see modernized Tulip 240mm with a longer barrel and with Koaltion's advancements applied, and I think the best vehicle to mount on would be the MZKT-79221, the same as the Topol-M/RS-24 Yars. Some may debate whats the practicality of such a modernization outside of bunker busting, well I could see it having strategic nuclear shell carrying capability, a possible alternative to theater/short range ballistic missiles, due to INF treaty restraints.

    They already have Iskander and Tochka... both of which easily outrange any possible version of Tulip.

    the attempt to make a long range Paris gun will end the same way the Paris gun ended... that is a dead end... there is no point in trying to make a gun good at something a missile is already good at.

    If the INF treaty becomes a problem.. . just withdraw from it.

    imo these are pretty much niche weapons, useful in siege type situations. In mobile war, airpower would be much better. A 240mm mortar can only lob about a hundred kilos of warhead, an aircraft can lift a couple of tons.

    I agree... Russia wants mobile forces and to fight mobile wars but sometimes you don't get to choose the wars you fight or how you can fight them. For a conflict like Afghanistan having a powerful vehicle with up to 20km range with a powerful guided shell is very useful... the 2S4 is actually quite mobile and able to operate well in mountains and forests etc.

    The Tulip can set up in a position and pound a bunker or cave structure for weeks... rain or shine... snow or fog 24/7... 130kgs of HE is plenty to keep you awake at night and day and night and day...

    Like what was pointed out about the INF treaty artillery shells would be exempt and are also cheaper than missle systems and dont have the risk of being shot out of the air.

    No version of Tulip or Pion would reach 500km... forget about that... even if they did it is cheaper to do it with a 600kg payload using Iskander-M.

    Artillery shells can be shot down... TOR is designed specifically for that, but the low cost of a shell means you can trade shell for missile and he is going to run out first.

    College boy u state that airpower is a better option. Airpower costs more to operate, and are not always available, and also have the risk of being shot down, and if destroyed more costly to replace.

    Exactly... you need to plan carefully an air attack and need lots of assets in the air to defend the systems you launch... plus all these aircraft will operate hundreds of kms from the front line so it might take an hour or more to arrive.

    Tulip can be there and fire within seconds and you can guide their shells onto the target either with your own target marker or with a high flying UAV with a laser target marker.

    Tulip wont be called off in bad weather or because the Air Force has higher priority targets... Tulip is an Army weapon you brought with you and you control so few communication issues can be expected.

    Considering the 300mm Smerch batteries have the E90 UAV I suspect the Tulip battery could have a smaller shorter ranged UAV to find targets and monitor things and determine if follow up attacks are needed.


    With the Tulip 240mm, it's modernization should include:

    1.) Going from a low pressure mortar barrel to a high pressure howitzer barrel with Koalition advancements with the hopes of having a range of 150-300km .

    2.) New modern shells with a high pressure propellant GLONASS/laser correction and nuclear warheads.

    3.) A new rotary ammunition loading system with 6 ready to fire shells attached to the Tulip.

    4.) If possible a retractable barrel that's compressed while driving but extends before firing.

    5.) MZKT-79221 trucks as a new truck platform with an additional logistics support truck carrying 50 additional nuclear shells with a automatic loading mechanism that extends and quickly loads shells on to the Tulip's rotary container.


    ...I think the best use would be to combine in tandem with I2skander-M's, where the Iskanders would be used in the SEAD/DEAD role to knockout air defense and the Tulip would rain nuclear shells on fortified military bases.

    I think a lot of your suggestions will just make it a bigger Coalition... which is fine for Pion, but not so for Tulip.

    taking them one at a time:

    With the Tulip 240mm, it's modernization should include:

    1.) Going from a low pressure mortar barrel to a high pressure howitzer barrel with Koalition advancements with the hopes of having a range of 150-300km .

    Even with that level of performance the Iskander is also an Army system with better than that performance (ie 600kg payload to 400km+ with excellent accuracy and enemy ABM evadibility).

    Tulip will be a niche weapon used in mountains or against particularly heavy targets like heavy stone buildings where its shell weight and trajectory make it more effective than 152mm rounds.


    2.) New modern shells with a high pressure propellant GLONASS/laser correction and nuclear warheads.

    Tulip would certainly benefit from these new features to extend range to perhaps 20-25km with 130-140kg projectiles.

    3.) A new rotary ammunition loading system with 6 ready to fire shells attached to the Tulip.

    Rate of fire is not really a problem for this system... I would probably leave it as is. High rate of fire is not as important as power and weight of shell and accuracy.

    4.) If possible a retractable barrel that's compressed while driving but extends before firing.

    I would think having it at the very rear of the vehicle folding forward would remain good enough... especially with a newer longer wheeled vehicle for better mobility or a new tracked vehicle like Boomerang or Kurganets. Armata is probably unnecessarily heavy for the role.

    5.) MZKT-79221 trucks as a new truck platform with an additional logistics support truck carrying 50 additional nuclear shells with a automatic loading mechanism that extends and quickly loads shells on to the Tulip's rotary container.

    Such a configuration would not offer any great advance over Tochka or Iskander... certainly a support vehicle would be useful and some sort of autoloader... perhaps using a belt feed might be handy, but for Tulip shell weight and accuracy are going to be the key points... not rate of fire.

    ...I think the best use would be to combine in tandem with Iskander-M's, where the Iskanders would be used in the SEAD/DEAD role to knockout air defense and the Tulip would rain nuclear shells on fortified military bases.

    I would hope the Russians replace tactical nuclear weapons with precision guided conventional weapons as they are more effective and can be exported to allies.

    The Soviet ship launched cruise missile had a CEP of 250m. That is fine for a nuke as it will destroy most targets 250m away from the detonation point, but it meant land attack cruise missiles could only use nuclear weapons because they were not accurate enough to use conventional weapons.

    In other words to take out an enemy base HQ they had to use a nuke.

    Now that their cruise missiles can hit targets as small as an individual vehicle with a CEP of 5m or less then conventional HE can now be used where before only a nuke could be considered.


    It is the same now with GLONASS guided weapons... accuracy is increased to the point where conventional attack can be considered as an alternative where previously only nuclear warheads could ensure the job is done.

    Pion could be given all the improvements Coalition has gone through and it might be kept in reserve for counter battery fire or attacks on specific targets in specific regions. It could have excellent range and the ability to continuously fire day and night and be a very effective system.

    Tulip on the other hand might only be needed against specific heavy targets or for fighting in the mountains or forests where its trajectory and payload make it very useful.

    Either way neither will be in service in huge numbers.

    Small numbers would make them cheap to upgrade and maintain in storage.


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    Post  d_taddei2 on Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:55 pm

    quite agree with you garry, nuclear shells are not a good idea, the sheer consequences of using such weapons would be pointless in todays conflicts. I also agree that the speed of reloading isnt a major factor as like you said the the range, weight, and power more than makes up for the slower reload time and isnt needed due the this.

    The GLONASS upgrades and Koalition upgrades are ideal, the barrel system and vehicle are good enough for the job. But think your right that they will never be used in any great numbers but what i dont want to see is them to be totally phased out as i believe they still have a usefull role in conflicts and its always good to have this type on weapon in your current inventory as you never know when such weapons will be needed, and like you said no other army has anything like it and with Russia already having such systems in place makes sense to upgrade them.

    I think the weapon would be ideal if Chechnaya kicked off again do to the urban and mountainous terrain. You also pointed out that the new vehicle systems that Russia is in the process of designing boomerang etc. these vehicle would be great for the system, but either way i think the system only needs minor upgrades which wont break the bank to become more effective.

    Of course the Russians still use the 2S5 system for counter battery fire, but you cant get away from the fact that Pion has an almighty punch to it, this would be devastating to field gun crews, MLRS systems, self propelled artillery systems, signal units and command vehicles, also think that system would also be ideal for disrupting supply lines.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:59 am

    The Tulip also has some unexplored potential... a 130kg 240mm calibre delivery system could be used to deliver jamming equipment or fly in your own mobile IED that can be 'delivered' in real time.

    the Pion on the other hand could directly benefit from work on 203mm calibres with the Navy... so far little patrol boats have 57mm guns (with huge potential for CIWS use with laser guided shells), while corvettes have 100mm guns and Frigates have 130mm guns, which means you should be fitting 152mm guns to your Destroyers and either fit the same gun to your cruisers or apply the same performance extending technology and add 203mm guns for your cruisers/capital ships.

    If you can increase range performance by 2.5 times (27km to 70km) like they did with the MSTA/Coalition then the same performance increase plus experiments with EM catapults should allow the 48km range of Pion to be extended to perhaps 100km... which might even be useful to mount on a "gun ship" along with various rocket artillery and other cheap bombardment equipment... perhaps a large EM catapult the length of the ship custom designed to deliver aerial bombs... The Soviets already developed high speed heat resistant FAB-1500 bombs for use by Mig-25RBs and MiG-31RBs.


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    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:58 pm

    of course phased out since they are obsolete for modern era battlefield

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    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:23 am

    But that is the point... they are no more obsolete than any other existing piece of artillery out there yet their size in the case of Tulip and range in the case of Pion offer special abilities standard and new systems simply don't offer.

    In mountains mortars are very effective... a diving top attack munition that weighs 130kg could be made fire and forget and be fitted with decoys and jammers to evade APS systems as well as offer one hell of a powerful anti cave structure weapon or for use in urban areas a round that can be designed to penetrate a specific number of floors of a building before detonating.

    Imagine the performance of a 130kg FAE warhead with laser and GLONASS guidance.

    Why fire for effect with a 120mm calibre weapon with 6 rounds in an automatic magazine that fire rapidly to allow shoot and scoot, when a 240mm calibre weapon could fire a single cluster round with 12 bomblets each of 10kgs with the dispensor using Laser guidance or GLONASS to get it on target with the bomblets released 30-50 metres above the target area in one shot.


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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:12 pm

    GarryB wrote:But that is the point... they are no more obsolete than any other existing piece of artillery out there yet their size in the case of Tulip and range in the case of Pion offer special abilities standard and new systems simply don't offer.

    In mountains mortars are very effective... a diving top attack munition that weighs 130kg could be made fire and forget and be fitted with decoys and jammers to evade APS systems as well as offer one hell of a powerful anti cave structure weapon or for use in urban areas a round that can be designed to penetrate a specific number of floors of a building before detonating.

    Imagine the performance of a 130kg FAE warhead with laser and GLONASS guidance.

    Why fire for effect with a 120mm calibre weapon with 6 rounds in an automatic magazine that fire rapidly to allow shoot and scoot, when a 240mm calibre weapon could fire a single cluster round with 12 bomblets each of 10kgs with the dispensor using Laser guidance or GLONASS to get it on target with the bomblets released 30-50 metres above the target area in one shot.

    all these types as well as 2s3/2s1 should be replaced by more 2s19 msta units

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    Post  GarryB on Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:07 am


    all these types as well as 2s3/2s1 should be replaced by more 2s19 msta units

    No point in making more MSTAs when Coalition is on the way.

    2S1 and 2S2s are on the way out, though a lot of 2S1s are being upgraded with their 122mm guns being replaced with 120mm rifled gun/howitzers/mortars.

    This would improve performance and range and remove the 122mm artillery shell from the inventory.

    Using the 120mm gun/mortar for direct and indirect HE fire they could also eliminate the 100mm rifled gun of the BMP-3 too.


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    Post  George1 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:40 pm

    Lets have an overall view

    ARTILLERY:  
    2S19 MSTA-S 152MM - 468   
    2S9 NONA / 2S23 NONA-SVK - 278   (Marines and VDV)
    2S7M PION - 12    
    2S1 GVOZDIKA - 546
    2S3 AKATSIA - 859
    2S5 GIATSINT - 203  
    2S4 TULPAN - 8  

    I wonder why there isn't more production of 2S19 Msta units

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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:08 pm

    George1 wrote:Lets have an overall view

    ARTILLERY:  
    2S19 MSTA-S 152MM - 468   
    2S9 NONA / 2S23 NONA-SVK - 278   (Marines and VDV)
    2S7M PION - 12    
    2S1 GVOZDIKA - 546
    2S3 AKATSIA - 859
    2S5 GIATSINT - 203  
    2S4 TULPAN - 8  

    I wonder why there isn't more production of 2S19 Msta units

    I think they're saving money for Koalition.

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:38 am

    Just like there are lots of 2S1s and 2S3s in service the MSTA will likely remain in service for quite some time to come so making new models does make sense... especially if the new ammo for the Koalition is compatible.

    I do know the 2S1s are being modified with 120mm rifled gun/mortars which puts them in a different category and makes them useful mortar carriers, while at the same time allowing another calibre to be withdrawn from front line use (ie 122mm artillery).


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    Post  d_taddei2 on Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:47 pm

    GarryB wrote:Just like there are lots of 2S1s and 2S3s in service the MSTA will likely remain in service for quite some time to come so making new models does make sense... especially if the new ammo for the Koalition is compatible.

    I do know the 2S1s are being modified with 120mm rifled gun/mortars which puts them in a different category and makes them useful mortar carriers, while at the same time allowing another calibre to be withdrawn from front line use (ie 122mm artillery).


    what calibres are being kept by the russians? is 152mm artillery round being kept? also what calibre will they taking for light artillery systems like western nations use 155mm and 105mm.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:52 am

    AFAIK they are withdrawing the 100mm rifled tank gun calibre with the T-54/55 and the 115mm smoothbore with the T-62, to leave the 125mm smoothbore calibre as the only remaining tank calibre till the new 15xmm calibre is needed.

    With regard to artillery calibres in terms of guns and gun howitzers the 122mm seems to be getting dropped in favour of the 120mm rifled gun/mortar calibre. The 73mm BMP-1 calibre IFV gun is likely to be dropped but the question remains regarding the whole 30mm + 100mm vs 57mm calibre and also the 14.5mm and 12.7mm calibre vs the 23mm light calibre.

    152mm calibre is assured due to MSTA and coalition, and the replacement of the 122mm with the 120mm suggests the 122mm might be retired.

    Within NATO the 105mm seems to be redundant except for very light very mobile mountain guns and I would expect the same with the 122mm Soviet calibre.

    the 160mm mortar was a rare piece for mountain units mainly so I suspect the 82mm and 120mm will remain standard calibres... perhaps with 240mm as a backup for special use?

    This means in the Army they will be getting rid of at least the 100mm and 115mm tank guns, the 73mm IFV gun and the 122mm artillery gun calibre and all the ammo types they support... though the guided 122mm shells are compatible with 120mm apparently.


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