At the military-technical forum "Army-2023" on August 16, the Russian Defense Ministry signed 11 state contracts worth more than 400 billion rubles, said Lieutenant General Anatoly Gulyaev, head of the Main Armaments Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces.
According to him, as a result of their implementation, the RF Armed Forces will receive more than 2.5 thousand new types of weapons, military and special equipment and over 1.8 million units of weapons of destruction.
Among the signed documents are state contracts for the manufacture and supply of the MRTK-R Uran-6 multifunctional robotic demining complex, Tor-M2 anti-aircraft missile systems, 300-mm shells for the Tornado-S multiple launch rocket system. One of the most anticipated was the contract for the supply of the latest Malva wheeled howitzers. During the days of the forum, these systems were shown to the general public for the first time.
As sources in the military department told Izvestia, the Malva howitzers will go into service with artillery brigades, including the newly formed artillery brigade of the Airborne Forces. In addition to the installations themselves, the troops will also receive special vehicles to ensure the operation of these self-propelled guns. Including transport-loading and fire control systems, the interlocutors said.
On August 2, the commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Mikhail Teplinskiy, announced the formation of a new airborne brigade. In his congratulations on the eve of the Day of the Airborne Forces, he noted that during a special military operation, an artillery brigade of this type of troops was formed, which is already in the combat zone.
Shown for the first time
Wheeled self-propelled howitzer "Malva" caliber 152 mm will increase the mobility of heavy artillery and the speed of leaving positions, which is very important today in the face of active counter-battery work of the enemy.
The 152-mm 2A64 gun that the Malva is equipped with is similar to that used on the Msta-S tracked gun mount, which has proven itself in battles. "Malva" is designed to destroy a variety of targets - from infantry and equipment on the front line to tactical nuclear attack weapons in the near rear at a distance of up to 24 km.
The mobility of the howitzer will be provided by the all-terrain chassis of the Bryansk Automobile Plant BAZ-6010-027 with an 8x8 wheel arrangement. The open installation of the "Malva" without additional armor protection or a turret made it possible to lighten the car. With an ammunition load of 30 shells, its weight is 32 tons. This is a quarter lighter than the tracked Msta-S with the same gun.
At the forum, you will be able to see equipment created taking into account the experience of a special military operation.
“The wheel formula means greater speed, greater mobility compared to tracked vehicles,” military expert Vasily Dandykin told Izvestia. - There are innovations related to the firing range. Tracked vehicles are now few in the West. They move well on the roads. High mobility means that you can quickly leave firing positions. The rate of fire of the "Malva" has been increased, as far as I know. That is, this weapon is just for paratroopers. It is less heavy, unlike tracked self-propelled guns. The Airborne Forces had the most important guns "Octopus", "Nona", and now there will be a larger caliber, it's still 152 mm.
Another model that is expected at the front line is the 82-mm Drok self-propelled mortar based on the Typhoon-VDV mine-protected armored vehicle. The machine can act both as a self-propelled gun, firing from a mortar installed in the tower, and as a means of transportation: the barrel can be easily removed and installed on a bipod and a plate.
The new 82-millimeter mortar, in addition to conventional ammunition, can also use new elongated mines with an enhanced charge. This allows you to fire "in a cannon" - direct fire as an assault gun. Such a universal front-line self-propelled guns can immediately replace several options for installing various old models of guns on common platforms that are popular among the troops.
The weapons and equipment of military personnel are changing. Following the summer set of the VKPO 3.0 uniform, the supply of demi-season and winter layers of the new uniform is being prepared for the troops. It is also expected to supply a new modular set of individual body armor. Its main advantage was the increased area of anti-fragmentation protection, which is important for the conditions of the Northern Military District, where artillery remains the main means of destruction.
Last week, the president of the Kalashnikov concern, Alan Lushnikov, told Izvestia in an interview that VKPO 3.0 is the result of several years of hard work by the company.
“We originally created it for the needs of special forces,” he said. “Later, when a serious need arose and the volume of purchased uniforms increased sharply, we offered our developments to the Ministry of Defense. Now there is a military exploitation of a large serial batch, it shows a good result. Positive reviews prevail. In our kit, users primarily like ergonomics, quality of material and tailoring. We work very closely with the customer and will increase production volumes.
The event is attended by twice as many foreign companies as a year ago
Changes are also expected in small arms. The next, third generation of the AK-12 assault rifle has received many changes in the experience of use during the SVO, both small and quite significant. Also presented is a new microwave sniper rifle, already mass-produced. For the first time in the RF Armed Forces, a sniper rifle comes immediately with a set of all modern additional equipment and equipment, including a bipod, a silent shooting device, a backpack and much more.
Among engineering equipment, a new model of the UBIM universal combat engineering vehicle based on the T-90 tank is presented at the forum. It is designed to overcome powerful engineering obstacles that the enemy sets up on their prepared defense lines. The vehicle is equipped not only with powerful armor, but also with modern reactive armor, so it will be able to operate in advanced armored units during an offensive. The latest universal tool installed on the UBIM allows you to overcome almost all common types of anti-tank barriers.