The first batch of 2S35 Koalitsiya self-propelled guns leaves the factory

Attention regarding the modernization of Russian mechanized forces is often captured by the Armata family, whether T-14 battle tank, T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle, or the T-16 tank repairer. However, many other modern armored vehicles will enter service at the same time as the Armata, such as the Kurganet-25 tracked IFV, the Bumerang wheeled armored personnel carrier (and IFV version), and the 2S35 Koalitsiya self-propelled gun, including the first serial batch has just been produced by the Uraltransmash factory, a subsidiary of Uralzavodwagon based in Yekaterinburg.

Intended to strengthen 2S19 Msta self-propelled guns by replacing the oldest models, the 2S35 Koalitsiya announces performances far exceeding those of its counterparts already in service, such as the American M109 Paladin. Thus, the Koalitsiya's 152mm cannon propels guided shells with additional propulsion up to 80 km, while the standard shells currently equipping the Msta reach a range of 40 km (compared to 36 for the Msta, 24 km for the M109 ). No Western self-propelled guns, with the exception of Nexter's CAESAR, does not reach such scope. The new Russian armor has already reached, during tests, a rate of fire of 10 shells per minute, but it is supposed to be able to reach the rate of 16 shells per minute, although this remains to be demonstrated.

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The 2S35 shares the information and communication system with the Armata family – here the interior of the survival and control capsule of the T-14 battle tank

Highly automated, the 2S35 Koalitsiya was designed to significantly reduce the time spent in battery, so that it could very quickly get into position, fire a salvo of shells, then leave the scene before being located and engaged by counter-battery fire. As such, it shares the communication and information system of the Armata family. Although it was initially intended to be mounted on an Armata chassis, it is mounted on that of the T-90 today. However, it is estimated that once the propulsion system of the T-14 is perfectly reliable, it is very likely that the production of 2S35 will switch to this chassis.

Artillery is at the heart of the firepower of Russian ground forces. With more than 1500 self-propelled guns and 1000 self-propelled rocket launchers in service, the density of mobile artillery systems is approximately equal to 1:1 with respect to the number of combat tanks, and reaches 3:1 if we take into account towed batteries and anti-aircraft systems self-propelled. In Europe, even though the number of battle tanks is dramatically low compared to the number of soldiers, this ratio does not reach 1:2 for the majority of armies. For the French Army, once the new Caesar and 120 mm automatic mortars mounted on Griffon entered into service, this ratio will be close to 1:1,3.

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The 2S35 will evolve alongside the 2S19 Msta self-propelled gun, currently being modernized to reach the M2 standard

As the precision, range and density of anti-aircraft systems continue to increase, the role of artillery in high-intensity engagements is once again crucial in the conduct of operations, in order to have the firepower necessary. This observation has not escaped the attention of many staffs, or the Think tanks who advise them, who worries aboutunsuitability of forces for a possible heavy engagement, facing a technologically efficient adversary. The very imminent entry into service of the 2S35 Koalistiya will certainly not improve the situation for European forces...

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