The Burevestnik Institute, a subsidiary of Rostec’s UralVagonZavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, has unveiled new self-propelled mortars (SPMs) at the Army 2018 defence show near Moscow.
The 2S40 Floks SPM is based on a modified chassis of the Ural-43206 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) truck. The Floks has a combat weight of approximately 20 tonnes.
The system is equipped with a 120 mm gun-mortar that fires both high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) rounds and mortar shells, with rate of fire reaching 8 and 10 rounds per minute respectively. “The Floks can also fire the KM-3 Kitolov HE-Frag guided artillery projectile (GAP),” a source from UVZ told Jane’s .
The system’s range reaches 13 km (artillery rounds), 10 km (GAPs), and 7.5 km (mortar shells). The Floks is equipped with a remote-controlled weapon station with a 7.62 mm Kalashnikov PKTM machine gun, an auxiliary power unit, and an opto-electronic jamming system meant to protect the mortar against precision munitions. The system has an ammunition load of 80 rounds.
Burevestnik also showcased the 2S41 Drok 82 mm SPM, which is based on the K-4386 Taifun-VDV 4×4 MRAP vehicle. The Drok weighs 14 tonnes and carries four crew. The system features a range of 100–6,000 m, and has a continuous rate of fire of 12 rds/min. The Drok carries 40 mortar shells. “The 2S41 mortar system is primarily intended for artillery battalions of motor rifle units and airborne troops [VDV],” the UVZ source said. “It can also be used by mountain and air-assault units of the VDV.”
The institute also demonstrated a 2S12A 120 mm vehicle-carried mortar. “The 2S12A features a more stable wheeled platform and is carried by a protected Ural truck, which is identical to that of the Floks SPM,” the source said. “The complex is passing through its trials.” The 2S12A mortar has a maximum range of 7,100 m and a rate of fire of up to 15 rds/min.
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