The reason for this is some time ago i was on another forum and the people there reckon its useless,
name due to the following points: its age, slow rate of fire, and crew is exposed to shrapnel etc,
I personally believe that the system is still of some use, the range of the gun is pretty much on par with most systems,
the vehicle itself benefits from armour and the capability of being tracked so should have no real problems going over rough terrain.
The vehicle is also NBC protected. The gun has semi automatic breech block, and a decent size of calibre, the system can also be used in the counter battery role. The systems have also had various upgrades which include, satellite positioning, self orientating gyroscopic systems, to name a couple. Also various types of ammo such as smart submunitions, active and passive radio jamming, anti tank, smoke and even small yield nuclear rounds.
I agree the crew are exposed to shrapnel etc, but if we are to look at other field artillery systems (this is what the people on the other forum was comparing it to due to the fact the crew have to leave the vehicle to fire and load.) But where the people on the other forum fail to see that all other field artillery systems dont have the armour protection or capability of going over rough terrain when on the move, aswel as having NBC protection. The field systems they where comparing it to such as M198 and M777 and even though these systems can be transported via parachute, chinook, but most likely by truck, i still think the 2S5 system is better. Trucks lack armour, NBC protection, and are nowhere near as good at tackling rough terrain especially when towing an artillery gun. I think they were wrong to compare the 2S5 to M198/M777 as they arent self propelled.
I know Russia and a few other ex-soviet countries still use the system and Finland are in the process of scrapping them (if they havent already). Has the system had its day as a self propelled system??????
As always any views, suggestions of use etc are always welcome.