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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