Packing a Punch: A Self-Propelled Gun That’s Worth a Whole Battery

Self-propelled artillery gun 2S35 Coalition-SV displayed at the Russia Arms Expo

 

A single Russian state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun is worth an entire artillery battery, deputy commander of Russia’s Missile Troops and Artillery, Major-General Alexander Dragovalovsky told the press.

“It’s a new weapon, cutting edge. Its capabilities effectively allow it to replace a whole battery,” Dragovalovsky said.He pointed out that Koalitsiya has a very high degree of automation, with the turret being completely unmanned and the vehicle’s crew residing within the hull.
The new 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun was first presented to the public during the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2015.

The 152mm self-propelled gun, with its maximum firepower, is designed to eliminate enemy armored units, infantry and fortifications. It’s outfitted with an autonomous power unit, crew amenities, a satellite communication network and secure data link systems.

Due to its pneumatic loader and microwave shell priming system, the Koalitsiya-SV is capable of firing up to 16 shells per minute. Its ammunition capacity is 50-70 shells, including precision-guided munitions linked to the GLONASS system, Russia’s equivalent of the US-based GPS satellite network.