On January 2nd, the Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (TsNIITochMash) released the first ever photograph of the new Russian 2S42 Lotos air-droppable self-propelled 120 mm gun.
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The new 2019 calendar shows various arms, while the August one is the Lotos. The model was first unveiled during the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition, outside Moscow.
The image of the 2S42 Lotos self-propelled gun was accompanied by a statement by Dmitri Melikhov, chief engineer in charge of the Lotus project, who explained that in designing the project, “the lotus flower was a kind of inspiration for us. Notwithstanding its outward fragility, it grows in the most difficult conditions. It is a perfect combination of beauty, grace and indestructibility.”
According to the chief designer, the Lotus airborne artillery system boasts “high ballistic characteristics and effectiveness of ammunition, designed in accordance with the principal of the ‘golden ratio’,” i.e. not only optimal weight and dimensions, but also a graceful silhouette.
It was specifically developed for the Russian Airborne Troops in order to replace their aging 2S9 Nona-S self-propelled gun.
The Lotos is based on the upgraded chassis of the BMD-4 airborne assault vehicle. It is operated by a four-man crew comprising a commander, a driver/mechanic, a gunner, and a loader.
The Lotos is the follow-up and the replacement of the Zauralets project that was designed to create a new self-propelled artillery gun for the Airborne Force.
Global Security reported the following parameters:
“The self-propelled gun 2S42 will be able to hit targets at ranges from 1 to 13 km. The types of targets hit are not specified, but it can be assumed that various types of projectiles will allow fighting with manpower or unprotected equipment, as well as with armored vehicles or enemy fortifications. The crew of 2S42 Lotos consists of four people. As shown by the mock-up shown earlier, two crew members will be placed in front of the hull: one seat (driver) is located on the longitudinal axis, the second – to the left and behind of it. Two other crew members should be in the turret and, apparently, responsible for the operation of all existing weapons. The availability of automation equipment for the crew compartment greatly simplifies their work.”
In addition, according to Zvezda it will also have a rate of fire between 6-8 shots per minute, conversion to and from firing position in 30 seconds, and new high-precision ammunition. The nimble system is believed to have a weight of 18 tonnes and a maximum speed of 70 km per hour.
Another prospective weapon for the Russian Airborne Troops is the Zavet-D artillery fire control vehicle.
It is built on the foundation of the much newer BTR-MD Rakusha transport vehicle, which boasts superior handling, speed, and navigation of water-based obstacles. BTR-MD’s modern internal design allows for a more comprehensive integration of communication systems, to more rapidly and reliably guide nearby artillery weapons. This modern communication technology is accompanied by improved radars to effectively detect stationary and camouflaged targets. Zavet-D’s digital onboard controls will enable it to control drones, which can be used for forward reconnaissance purposes.
It is also expected to keep the paradrop capabilities of its predecessor. The IL-76 is expected to be able to deploy manned, full operational Zavet-D units while airborne.
In an announcement on December 17th, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that both the Zavet-D and the 2S42 Lotos will enter their final state trials.
“In 2019, the 2S42 Lotos 120mm self-propelled artillery gun and the Zavet-D artillery fire control vehicle will enter final state trials before they are accepted as the armament of the Airborne Force.”
It is expected that the mass-production of the Lotos self-propelled gun will begin in 2020.