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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:21 pm

    MOSCOW July 31: Russia’s Airborne Troops will receive ten new artillery vehicles at the end of summer, the troops’ Commander Lieut. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov said in Moscow.

    “We will receive a battery of Nona self-propelled artillery vehicles in late August. This includes ten vehicles plus two command vehicles,” Shamanov said.

    The Airborne Troops are currently testing two new radio communications sets, which will help control the troops’ operations at a distance of up to ten kilometers, the general said.

    “This is just what we lacked during the first and second [Chechen] campaigns and the five-day war [during last August's conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia],” he said.

    The Airborne Troops are also taking steps to modernize their servicemen’s ammunition, a set of which should weigh no more than 25-30 kilograms, Shamanov said.

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:23 am

    That is rather strange.

    The NONA is hardly a new vehicle.

    Or is it a new version based on the BTR-80 chassis called NONA-SVK?

    When I first read the title of this thread I assumed they meant the VENA with the 120mm automatic gun/mortar mounted on the BMP-3 chassis.

    Note I am assuming also that it was the new modern communications equipment they were lacking in South Ossetia and the first and second chechen campaigns rather than self propelled artillery.
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    Post  kjasdu on Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:34 am

    Hello, I've been looking at the 2S9 and I have to say it's phenomenal. From the following video you can see how it can be used as a direct and indirect fire support vehicle:



    Some of its advantages:


    1. It's rifled, therefore more accurate on long distances
    2. It's amphibious
    3. It's air-droppable
    4. It can fire French ammunition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortier_120mm_Ray%C3%A9_Tract%C3%A9_Mod%C3%A8le_F1
    5. It can fire the Gran guided projectile


    I'm in the opinion of not to fight tank-vs-tank battles, as this kind of thinking easily leads to an armor and ammunition arms race which results in very heavy, very immobile vehicles we see today. This vehicle is perfect for urban, jungle and hilly combat. Think of the battles in Syrian towns and cities or South East Asian jungles, or South American hilly terrain. I could be wrong, so I'd like to hear your opinion on this.

    The only thing that prevents it from getting a 10/10 in my book is it has no HESH ammunition, which is crucial for destroying structures in urban combat. Since the 2S9 can direct fire, it can surely lob some HESH round, so why the oversight? Or am I missing something here?

    Note that the British had the FV433 Abbot SPG that can fire 105mm HESH rounds.
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    Post  Cyberspec on Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:55 am

    I guess it's because the Abott is a howitzer while the Nona is essentially a mortar
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:28 am

    Nona uses HEAT rounds for anti armour use in the direct fire role, so there is really no urgent need for HESH.

    A delayed fuse HE FRAG often achieves better results than HESH on soft targets and HEAT offers better performance on hard targets.

    HESH is totally ineffective against targets with spaced or layered armour that has a cavity in it.

    Even Warrior IFVs have survived direct hits from Challengers firing 120mm HESH rounds... not because the Warrior is some super IFV, but because HESH is ineffective against targets with spaced armour.

    How about NONAs big brother:

    2S4 Tulip:



    Similar range with 130kg projectiles including laser guided rounds Santimetre. With the new electronic guidance fuses for 152mm rounds and up you could fit these standard 110kg 240mm mortar shells with a GLONASS guidance and fusing package that will allow it to hit point targets at 13km range or more.

    Already in Syria AFAIK. Though not with the new guidance kits.
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    Post  Werewolf on Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:50 pm

    Pugnax wrote:The Bundeswehr maintains large stocks of HESH,and nobody thought a 76mm gun could kill a t-55 on the front glacis at any decent combat range.As for the hesh effect,throw a ball off silly putty at a contoured surface and watch the spread...imagine this over a large surface of ERA tiles.Im not saying it will kill a modern MBT but it allows older,less capable systems a chance to play a role on the battlefield.
    Try it with a T-55AG or AGM with spall liners, you won't have any result regardless of 76mm or 120mm, it won't have any influence on an ERA covered tank!
    What do you expect to happen, that all the ERA will explode and kill the tank? ERA gone or not gone a rifled cannon can not penetrate the armor!
    Even smoothbores today can't penetrate any MBT without ERA.
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    Post  kjasdu on Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:45 pm

    Great discussion! I have a couple more questions:

    1. Is it feasible to develop HESH mortar rounds for the 2S9 with the appropriate fuse?
    2. Is there a delayed and/or air burst fuse for the 120mm HE-FRAG mortar rounds? If so, can the 120mm HE-FRAG mortar round penetrate a brick wall before exploding?
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    Post  collegeboy16 on Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:50 pm

    kjasdu wrote:Great discussion! I have a couple more questions:

    1. Is it feasible to develop HESH mortar rounds for the 2S9 with the appropriate fuse?
    2. Is there a delayed and/or air burst fuse for the 120mm HE-FRAG mortar rounds? If so, can the 120mm HE-FRAG mortar round penetrate a brick wall before exploding?
    1.I think not, mortar rounds are really slow and with slow speeds you wont get the kind of spread when the Hesh hits the target
    2.I think no, you need to put up a shell around the explosive putty to enable pentration of hard stuff, and you end up with HE-frag
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    Post  kjasdu on Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:55 am

    collegeboy16 wrote:2.I think no, you need to put up a shell around the explosive putty to enable pentration of hard stuff, and you end up with HE-frag
    I think you misread my second question. I was asking about delayed and air-burst fuses for 120mm HE-FRAG mortar rounds, not HESH.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:30 am

    1. Is it feasible to develop HESH mortar rounds for the 2S9 with the appropriate fuse?
    Feasible? Yes.

    Desirable? No.

    The 120mm gun mortar of the 2S9 already has a direct fire anti armour round... it is a HEAT round.

    A 120mm HESH round would be a direct fire round too but would be totally ineffective against any vehicle with spaced armour.

    2. Is there a delayed and/or air burst fuse for the 120mm HE-FRAG mortar rounds? If so, can the 120mm HE-FRAG mortar round penetrate a brick wall before exploding?
    Yes, there are both proximity, impact, and delay action fuses for 120mm mortar bombs and shells.

    The 125mm main gun ammo of most modern Russian tanks also has similar features in that it has a fuse with a safety cap and a detonator setting... with the safety cap on and the detonator set to open the explosion reaction time is 0.01 seconds, which means the nose of the shell will penetrate a brick wall or soft structure and then the shell will explode.

    With the detonator set to closed and the safety cap in place the reaction time is 0.1 sec. This is a special setting for bunkers and earthworks or buildings so the shell fully enters the structure or light vehicle before exploding with devastating effect.

    When the shell is travelling very fast there is a chance for the fuse to be sheared off before it detonates the main charge, or in the case of deep snow or mud that the round might bury itself before exploding so with the detonator set to open and the protective cap removed completely the reaction time is something like 0.001 of a second and the slightest contact will set off the round including rain or the muzzle cover of the main gun. The ammo can only be handled and loaded and fired in this setting when the vehicle is still.

    I rather suspect the 120mm mortar and shell rounds have similar setting options, though they will also have proximity fuses for air bursts.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:09 pm

    does anyone have any info how many 2s9 nona are in service in russian army?
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:44 pm

    None.

    It is a VDV system AFAIK, the Russian Army does not use it.
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    Post  George1 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:07 pm

    GarryB wrote:None.

    It is a VDV system AFAIK, the Russian Army does not use it.

    so this thread should be transferred to VDV section
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:24 am

    Excellent point... Smile
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    Post  George1 on Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:59 pm

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    Post  cracker on Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:58 pm

    I just watched this video

    This system is simply amazing and unique, no equivalent worldwide...

    Both high pressure howitzer and mortar, you can see differences in fire mode in the video, extremely powerful recoil for the former, and light noise and recoil for the latter.

    Howitzer rounds have a built-in "driving band" fitting to the rifling of the barrel, HEAT having this "teeth" band on a ball bearing (to garantee maximum HEAT effect without spin), mortar rounds are used as a smoothbore tube

    I want one! I wouldn't want to be facing a VDV division... NONA, BMD, heavy firepower inside the infantry platoon, and what not...
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    Post  George1 on Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:31 pm

    Souped-Up Nona-S Mortar System to Join Russian Troops Soon

    The 2S9 Nona-S self-propelled mortar system is undergoing final trials in Perm before being sent to one of Russia’s paratroop divisions, Zvezda TV reported.

    This light vehicle boasts a panoramic sight, satellite navigation and an automatic system of fire control.

    The 2S9 Nona (Newest Ordnance of Ground Artillery) is an amphibious vehicle that can be propelled through the water by two rear water-jets. It utilizes a 120 mm mortar with a 1.8-meter-long barrel and is operated by a four-man crew.

    The 2S9 Nona is compatible with rifled rounds, specially developed for this artillery system, and any 120-mm mortar mines used by many foreign armies.

    This mortar system can be used as mortar or howitzer, delivering direct or indirect fire.

    Maximum range of fire is 8.85 km with ordinary projectiles, 12.8 km with rocket assisted projectiles and 7.1 km with mines. Minimal firing range is 1.7 km firing rounds and 400 m firing mines.

    The 2S9 Nona features a suspension that "squats" to fit into the terrain and ensures an optimal firing angle for its gunner.

    The vehicle is powered by a 5D20 diesel engine packing 240 hp and provides a maximum speed of 60 km/h.

    During the early 1980s, the Nona-S artillery system proved to be effective in mountainous terrain during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

    With its high maneuverability and impressive firepower, it was a real boon to paratroopers. It could also engage targets not accessible to ordinary guns and howitzers, because of its range.

    “I talked with officers who served in Afghanistan and they heaped praise on this self-propelled gun, which they said was extremely accurate in direct and plunging fire situations alike,” Viktor Ignatyev, a test driver, told Zvezda TV.

    With two wars behind its back, the 2S9 Nona is still going strong as a powerful weapon and will live on as a weapon Russian paratroopers can rightfully be proud of.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20160402/1037372275/russia-mortar-trials.html#ixzz44fiDZ8yl

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