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Russian airborne troops increase indirect fire capabilities

15 August 2018

Russian airborne troops (VDV) are strengthening their indirect fire capabilities, an industry source has told Jane’s.

“In early August, the VDV received a batch of upgraded 2S9-1M Nona-SM air-droppable self-propelled mortars (SPMs),” the source said, adding that the VDV “is scheduled to receive two 2S9-1M battalions, comprising more than 30 vehicles.”

The 2S9-1M SPM is a heavily upgraded variant of the baseline 2S9 Nona-S. The system has received a fire control system, inertial navigation system (INS), and new sensor suite. The combat compartment of the Nona-SM is heated. Like the baseline Nona, the upgraded system is armed with the 2A51 120 mm/L24 mortar, which has a range of 8.8–12.8 km and a rate of fire of 8 to 10 rounds per minute.

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