The new artillery formation of the Russian Armed Forces Western Military District Combined Arms Army located in Moscow region has received about 10 of the 2S19M2 Msta-S self-propelled artillery systems.
The brigade has received combat hardware form military industry complex, and has put it into service. Crews have undergone retraining. The systems are placed in the brigades’ facilities.
It is planned that the new hardware will be operated for the first time at the artillery live-fire exercise in spring 2018.
2S19 “Msta-S” (Russian: Мста, after the Msta River) is a 152.4 mm self-propelled howitzer designed by Russia/Soviet Union, which entered service in 1989 as the successor to the 2S3 Akatsiya.
The vehicle is based on the T-80 tank hull, but is powered by the T-72’s diesel engine.
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 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.