The Lotos (Lotus) self-propelled howitzer (SPH) being developed by Russia’s TsNIITochMash design bureau, a subsidiary of Rostec, for the Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) will enter its state trials this year, an industry source told Jane’s .
“The state trials of the Lotos SPH are scheduled for 2019. The vehicle will be tested alongside the Zavet-D mobile command-and-control post that is based on the chassis of the BTR-MDM armoured personnel carrier. The trials will be conducted at several test ranges. The prototype of the SPH is now being assembled at the TsNIITochMash,” the source said, adding that both platforms could be transported by airlifters and airdropped by parachute systems.
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