The 2S19 "MSTA-S" is a Russian self-propelled 152 mm howitzer based on the T-80 chassis
About this creation
The 2S19 "MSTA-S" is based on the T-80 tank hull, but is powered by the T-72's diesel engine.
The Msta is a modern howitzer designed for deployment either as an unarmored towed gun, or to be fitted in armored self-propelled artillery mountings. Current production of the towed model is designated Msta-B, while the self-propelled model is the Msta-S (also known by the GRAU index 2S19)
Development of the 2S19 started in 1985 under the project name "Ferma." The prototype was known as Ob'yekt 317. The 2S19's standard equipment consists of a semi-automatic laying system 1P22, an automatic loader, an NBC protection system, passive night vision device for the driver, a wading kit, a dozer blade, a smoke generator and 81mm smoke grenade launchers, 1V116 intercom system and a 16 kW generator AP-18D. In 2008 the Russian armed forces ordered an improved model with an automated fire control system.
The 2A64 ordnance of the 2S19 can fire the following types of ammunition, among others: HE (24.7 km), HEAT-FS, HE-BB (28.9 km), HERA (36 km), smoke, chemical, tactical nuclear, illumination and cargo (ICM). The laser-guided round “Krasnopol” (of the 9K25 system) can also be launched, as well as the shorter "Krasnopol-M” which fits into the automatic loader.
As of 2008, the Russian Federation as approximately 800 2S19s in service
Msta-S specifications provided by manufacturer
29 km (18 mi) base-bleed
36 km (22 mi) rocket-assisted
Rate of fire: 6-8 rounds per minute
Weapon elevation: -4° to +68°
Weapon traverse: 360°
Deployment time: 22 minutes
Unit of fire: 60 rounds
The 2S19 is comparable to several modern artillery systems such as the American M109 Paladin, the South Korean K9 Thunder, the German Panzerhaubitze 2000, the Japanese Type 99 and the British AS-90
Below is the 2S35 "Koalitsiya-SV" - a project for a new artillery system for the Russian land forces. The prototype consists of a 2S19 chassis with modified turret, fitted with an over-and-under dual autoloaded 152mm howitzer because why not.
Weight - 42 tonnes (92,593 lbs)
Length - 7.2 m
Width - 3.4 m
Height - 2.99 m
Crew - 5
Rate of fire - 6-8 rounds per minute
Armor - Classified
Main armament - 1x 152 mm howitzer 2A65
Secondary armament - 1x 12.7 mm NSVT anti-aircraft machine gun
Engine - Diesel V-84A
Range - 500 km (311 mi)
Speed - 60 km/h (37 mph)