SOUTH Gunners first used modernized howitzer


In the Krasnodar region on the range Molkino during large-scale military exercise gunners Southern Military District, the first to use the modernized 152-mm self-propelled howitzer 2S19M2 "MSTA-S", entered service in the military district in May 2013, the press service of the district.

For the purpose of application of massive fire damage conventional enemy forces involved more than 35 modernized self-propelled howitzers.  

The new artillery system 2S19M2 "MSTA-S" has significant structural differences from the previous modification. We upgraded self-propelled howitzers installed a new automated fire control system, aiming increased rate of fire, and there is the possibility of using digital electronic cards, which significantly speeds up the terrain orientation in difficult geographical conditions and allows faster and more efficiently perform fire missions.

The exercise of artillery units the 49th Field Army SOUTH also involved new multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) "Tornado-G", which are combat effectiveness of 2.5-3 times higher than the predecessor — the system BM-21 "Grad". It is 1.5 times less than the time required to bring the system to alert and cause fire damage, and the damage radius of one machine "Tornado-G" is about 1 hectare. In addition, the training battle artillery SOUTH used 152 mm artillery 2S3 "Acacia", 122 mm self-propelled howitzer 2S1 "Carnation" and 82 mm. mortars.

In addition to the use of powerful modern weapons trained gunners features tactical tricks to mislead the imaginary enemy. Secretly moving in a given area, the units are actively used to mask areas of the landscape, as well as means of false imitation of objects. At a distance of about 10 kilometers of artillery from the flanks caused a massive fire damage at times superior to conventional enemy forces.

During the exercise, soldiers will perform more than 30 fire missions and 15 standards, including the change of indirect fire fighting vehicles.

For large-scale tactical exercises artillery units involved about two thousand troops and more than 300 pieces of artillery weapons, military and special equipment. The training will last until the end of September.
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