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2S18 Pat-S, an experimental precursor to the 2S31.  Armament was a SA61 152mm howitzer.    

Object 326 SPG (Unofficial name - "Shayba"), was an initiative development by DB. 46 rounds, "double stack" in circular autoloader, crew in hull compartment outside of "turret". The gun, ammunition ra

Some information about Bereg ("Coast") coastal defense system.    System consist of 3 vehicle types - SPGs, command post vehicle and "Combat duty support vehicle". On a photo above SPG is on


A new guided active-reactive planning projectile (cipher "Glissada") with a range of up to 25 km is being created for a new self-propelled artillery gun for Airborne Troops 2S42 Lotos, developed by TsNIITOCHMASH (part of Rostec). About this at the forum "Army-2019" said the chief designer of "Lotus" Veniamin Schastlivtsev.

   Heh, new shells for new SPG Lotos.

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"Obra" in version 1 or 2 or 3 is mounted on all polish PT-91, Rosomak, and RAK 120mm since...1994.





BTW - if someone is intrested about this small electrooptic block on turet top (those whit 4 cameras eacht):


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SOD-1 ATENA, it give 360 view in TV and thermal sepctrum:



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   From UVZ anual report that was posted


   Preliminary tests of prototypes of self-propelled guns on tracked and wheeled chassis were held at Russian test grounds. They will be continued in 2019. In 2018, preliminary tests of samples of artillery  armaments, created in the design work (R & D) Sketch (Nabrosok), were started. These are the 120-mm Phlox self-propelled guns on the chassis of an armored Ural, the Magnolia SPG on the chassis of an armored two-link tracked vehicle, and the 82-mm "Drok" mortar on chassis of the KamAZ armored car.



   Testing under the program of the GosNIIKhP FKP, testing the SC R & D “Koalitsiya SV-OP”, coordination of balistic characteristics, /.../
   Issuance of a preliminary opinion on the applicability of the developed product with BPS at the TP stage; SCR OKR "Coalition SV-OP", completion of a prototype art.gun according to the results of preliminary tests;


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The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a $45 million contract for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) Increment 1 prototype with the purpose of increasing the range and rate of fire on current and future M109A7 self-propelled howitzers.


ERCA will be integrated onto the M109A7 and will require the M109A7’s current 39-caliber turret to be replaced with a 58-caliber, 30-foot long gun barrel with the objective of creating firepower double the current range.


Under separate contracts, BAE Systems is also developing precision guidance kits with anti-jamming capabilities (PGK-AJ) that can operate in the challenging ERCA firing environment. PGK-AJ is compatible with existing and new long-range rounds for multiple firing platforms, including the M109 self-propelled howitzer.


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   New launches of Best Korea missiles.


   As for the very first rocket, the South Koreans have no doubts about it. Missile climbed to a height of about 50 kilometers, flew 430 km, and then fell into the sea. Throughout the flight, the Israeli-made Green Pine radars tracked the rocket, and therefore in Seoul they are sure that it was Kim Jong Un's "Iskander" - the very KN-23 that North Korea launched in April and May of this year.

   But the second rocket surprised the South Korean military, which they do not hide. Having risen to the same height as the first one, the second rocket could for some reason fly much further - 690 km. At the same time, on the final part of the flight South Korean radars lost it. The details of missile movement on the final stage are currently investigating, using the opportunities available to the Americans. But now the "Southerners" are inclined to think that the second rocket, before completing the flight, began to perform maneuvers, simulating a evasion from interception systems, combining the flight in the horizontal and vertical planes. Most likely that is why South Korean radars lost sight of it.
   Responding to questions from journalists, the representative of the military school of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan recognized that the DPRK most likely experienced some new, more complex and perfect modification of its own version of "Iskander", which was tentatively given the name KN-23 M, where the letter M means "modernized" . It is assumed that this rocket has a long range and is fully able to evade missile defense systems.


   Old photos



   More about KN-23





   This missile is similar in capability to Russia’s Iskander-M, which flies on a quasi-ballistic trajectory designed to defeat missile defenses. Despite the general similarity between the Iskander-M and the KN-23, the KN-23 exhibits differences consistent with indigenous design and production.


   North Korea exhibited this short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) for the first time in a parade on February 8, 2018. The United States calls this missile the KN-23. Using parade photographs, CNS estimates the diameter of the missile’s solid rocket motor to be between 0.9 and 1.0 m—similar to that of Russia’s Iskander-M SRBM. The parade items match the missiles fired on May 4 and May 9, although different transporter -erector-launchers were employed on each of these three occasions, including a tracked launcher on May 9.


   The KN-23 is a ballistic missile, although it is designed to fly a depressed trajectory (sometimes described as quasi-ballistic or aero-ballistic) that shortens its flight time, allows it to fly under the view of some radars, and enhances its ability to maneuver. The reported range and apogee of three missiles launched by North Korea are roughly consistent with those of the Iskander-M, which has a range of 400 km and flies a quasi-ballistic trajectory with an apogee of 50 km.


   Many observers have noted visual similarities between the new missile and other solid-propellant missiles. The KN-23 is similar in size and shape to Russia’s Iskander-M.  However, a close analysis of the missile’s externally visible components, including the cable raceway and the actuators used to control the jet vanes, show differences from the Iskander-M (See inset).

   The elongated cable raceway is unusual as it extends up into the conical section of the missile that houses the guidance and payload sections. Typically, a cable raceway runs from the bottom of the solid rocket motor to the top. The most likely explanation is that the guidance system is forward of a payload with a fixed diameter that the cabling must bypass externally, such as a nuclear warhead. The KN-23 may, therefore, be a designed as a dual-capable system of delivering conventional and nuclear payloads.

   The base of the two missiles also show significant differences in the actuators and jet vanes used to steer the missile. Overall, the KN-23 appears to be indigenous, although its design appears to have been inspired by the Iskander-M and other, similar missiles, such as South Korea’s Hyunmu-2B.


   Forensic analysis of the images using Tungstène, a software program that reveals the  mathematical artifacts of digital alterations to images, shows that some images have been altered. These changes appear either to be cosmetic or  efforts to protect sensitive information; they do not appear to alter the details of the missiles themselves.

   North Korea appears to have tested the missile to a range of 420 km. Initial modeling of the missile’s performance using three programs—AGI’s Missile Tool Kit, Missile Flyout, and a CNS-developed program—suggests that it should be able to deliver a 500 kg payload to approximately a maximum range of about 450 km on a minimum energy trajectory. This result is comparable to the Iskander-M, as well the design goal for Ukraine’s Grom. This would be sufficient to deliver a conventional or nuclear payload to most targets in South Korea, including the US military hub at Pyongtaek.






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