Can the new Russian 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun neutralize the Western artillery advantage?

The new 2S35 Koalitsiya-sv self-propelled gun entered service a few weeks ago in the Russian armies, and has already joined the theater of operations in Ukraine. Equipped with great mobility, a high rate of fire and a significant range, it has nothing to envy of the best European systems which, today, allow the Ukrainians to compensate for the unbalanced balance of power between the two armies.

What are the characteristics of this system, its strengths, but also its weaknesses and constraints, and how could its arrival in Ukraine influence the course of the war?

If Russian artillery impresses with its firepower, and especially with its density, the 2S3 Akatsiya and 2S19 Msta-s self-propelled guns in Ukraine, used by both Russian and Ukrainian forces, have clearly demonstrated their performance. , inferior to those of Western systems, notably the most modern ones such as the German PZH-2000, the Swedish Archer and the French Caesar.

But the arrival of new Russian systems, the 2S43 Malva mounted gun on the one hand, and especially the 2S35 Koalitsiya-sv tracked self-propelled gun, on the other, and new guided and added-range munitions, could well destabilize this relationship. of artillery force in Ukraine, while the armies of Kyiv rely partly on the operational added value offered by Western systems, to contain the numerical and logistical superiority of the Russian armies.

2S3 Akatsiya, 2S19 Msta-s: Russian artillery today still relies on Soviet systems

At the end of the 80s, Soviet self-propelled artillery was almost on par with NATO. Indeed, the 2S3 Akatsiya tracked self-propelled guns and the (then) new 2S19 Msta-s, armed with 152 mm tubes of 29 to 47 calibers, had ranges, rates of fire and precision close to those of the American M-109s. , British AS-90 and French AUF-1.

The 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled gun was the spearhead of Russian mobile artillery for more than 30 years.

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  1. There is something which is absolutely not addressed in this article and which would also tend to clarify the picture for the Ukrainians. Is this vehicle what it is advertised to be? It is still possible to doubt it, Russia has already used the decisive weapon on numerous occasions in this war: The BMP Terminator proved to be as mediocre as it was undermanned, just like the T14 Armata whose impressive performance on paper remains to be demonstrated and which has never entered the active production phase, or the SU 57 which are supposed to be stealthy and undetectable but which never approaches the front line for fear of being shot down by an S-300 more than 40 years old…

  2. The 2 radar tiles installed on each side of the tube are interesting because they should make it possible to improve the precision of the shots very quickly, even with unguided shells, and thus exploit the rate of fire of the piece, the capacity to detect the enemy artillery fire and finally the ability to detect drones or missiles. Improvement to adapt to Caesar

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