A new photo appeared online showing a Russian-made self-propelled 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Syria. The modern howitzer was supplied to the Syrian government by the Russian military.
Few months ago another photo of the 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer was circulating online. The description of the photo argued that the hoowitzer was set to be supplied to the SAA.
The 2S19 Msta-S is a self-propelled howitzer armed with a 2A62 152.4mm cannon. The fire range of the Msta-S is up to 29km for traditional projectiles and up to 36km for Rocket Assisted Projectile (RAP). The 2S19 Msta-S can also fire the Krasnopol and Krasnopol-M laser guided projectiles with 40km range. The 2S19 Msta-S is equipped with a modern automated fire control system and has an operation range of over 500km.
From the newly appeared photo it’s possible to see that the howitzer is deployed is a desert area, meaning it’s somewhere in the countryside of Palmyra or north of Suweida. It’s not known yet if the 2S19 Msta-S is operated by Russian or Syrian crews. However, it’s worth mentioning that Russia did hand over dozens of T-90A main battle tanks to the SAA and all of them is operated by the SAA.
In 2015 Russia deployed many 2A65 “Msta-B” towed howitzers in order to support SAA operations.