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Russian Federation concludes successful testing of 2S43 “Malva” Self-Propelled Howitzer


Russia has accomplished the state acceptance trials for its advanced wheeled 152mm 2S43 “Malva” self-propelled artillery system, marking a significant milestone in its military modernization efforts.

The completion of these trials was officially reported by Russian media sources. The 2S43 “Malva” project, initiated at the Central Research Institute “Burevestnik” under the “Nabrosok” research and development initiative during the 2010s, has been under rigorous testing since 2020.

Reports indicate that following the successful testing phase, Russia is gearing up for the serial production of this self-propelled howitzer to bolster its armed forces. While the original plan involved outfitting the self-propelled howitzer with a new 2A88 long-range gun featuring a 52-caliber barrel length, akin to the Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun prototypes, this design change appears to have been sidestepped.

The 2S43 is armed with the proven 152mm 2A64 gun, which is already utilized in the Msta-S self-propelled howitzer and its towed Msta-B variant. This rifled gun boasts a 47-caliber-long barrel and employs a semi-automatic wedge breechblock for enhanced operation.

The artillery system employs standard Soviet ammunition with separate loading, incorporating a powered rammer for efficient loading into the gun. Notably, the howitzer’s firing range reaches 24.7 km with conventional HE-Frag projectiles and extends to approximately 29 km when employing rocket-assisted shells.

The “Malva” is constructed on a modified chassis derived from the Russian BAZ-6910 truck, featuring an 8×8 wheel configuration. Despite its robust capabilities, the vehicle maintains a manageable weight of 21 tons. The cabin is thoughtfully armored, offering protection against light infantry weaponry and debris.

The 2S43 is propelled by a 470 hp YaMZ-8492.10-033 diesel engine, achieving a top speed of 80 km per hour. With a driving range of 1000 kilometers, the self-propelled howitzer is adept at covering long distances.

A notable characteristic of the 2S43 “Malva” is its open mounting design, which eschews additional armor protection or a turret. This approach has resulted in a lighter weight, with a 30-shell ammunition package yielding a total of 32 tons—approximately a quarter less than the tracked Msta-S ACS.

The adoption of a wheeled chassis not only enhances the self-propelled howitzer’s mobility but also empowers it with the capability to autonomously traverse extended distances on public roads without the need for tank tractor trawls.

As the Russian Federation advances its military capabilities with the successful development of the 2S43 “Malva,” will continue to closely monitor the evolving landscape of modern weaponry and strategic initiatives.

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