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Army 2019: Russia displays 4S21 Drok 82 mm self-propelled mortar

28 June 2019
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UVZ subsidiary TsNII Burevestnik unveiled the 2S41 Drok 82 mm self-propelled mortar at Army 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Mark Cazalet

Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) subsidiary TsNII Burevestnik unveiled the 2S41 Drok 82 mm self-propelled mortar at the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow on 25-30 June. The base vehicle used is the Taifun K-4386 4×4 manufactured by Remdizel, which has also been referred to as the Taifun-VDV. It is a mine-resistant protected patrol vehicle, and the Drok variant was developed under the Nabrosok programme.

Drok is equipped with an 82 mm mortar with a maximum range of 6,000 m and a minimum range of 100 m. The mortar has a maximum firing rate of 12 rounds per minute and has a full complement of 40 mortar bombs. The mortar turret offers sufficient depression for use in the direct-fire role, which provides further engagement options for close-range targets.

The vehicle also has a remotely operated weapon station fitted with a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun for close-in protection, enabling the crew member operating it to engage targets independently of the mortar turret. The vehicle has two banks of six obscurant smoke grenade launchers for protection against laser threats, with three each side firing forwards and three firing rearwards of the turret.

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