TsNIITochMash, part of Russian Rostec State Corporation, has completed acceptance tests of the 2S42 Lotos 120mm self-propelled mortar system.
The combat vehicle for the airborne troops has confirmed its compliance with the specified tactical and technical characteristics.
The test program, including 57 points, made it possible to evaluate the performance of all units, mechanisms and instruments of the weapon. During the tests, Lotos covered 400 km and fired 14 shots. The military representation in TsNIITochMash signed an official document on the compliance of the prototype of the CAO with working design documentation and readiness for preliminary tests.
“The airborne amphibious gun“ Lotos ”showed itself perfectly during the completed acceptance tests. The combat vehicle fully meets the requirements for weight and size characteristics and at the same time has an impressive speed, rate of fire and range of fire. We expect that the next stage – preliminary tests – will begin this year, ”said Bekkhan Ozdoev, industrial director of Rostec State Corporation.
2S42 Lotos has a mass of no more than 18 tons, maximum speed of 70 km/h, engine power of 450 hp and a cruising range of not less than 500 km. The combat crew consists of four people. The firing range is up to 13 km.
The CAO was created on a chassis unified in units and assemblies with the BMD-4M, equipped with a fighting compartment with a 120-mm gun with a high degree of automation of preparation and firing operations.