A 2S9 Nona-S self-propelled gun crosses a water obstacle during a command & headquarters exercise involving the 106th Guards Airborne Division in Russia's Ryazan Region.Evgeny Biyatov/RIA Novosti
As for today, Russian Airborne have on their service
«The new machine code-named Lotos will switch a «Nona» artillery system that stands on duty since mid 70th. These artillery systems are already worn-out and need to be changed for a new one», - told Russia Beyond Vadim Kozulin, a professor at the Academy of Military Science.
The main difference between them and other types of artillery guns on service in Russia (annually the Ground Forces get numerous types of self-propelled guns) is that Airborne machines can
«The «Nona» model was light and easy to transport. It could use 120 mm projectiles even from enemies howitzers - deep behind the enemy
Another «Nona» nuance that will be changed in a new «Lotos» system is that the predecessor had a barrel that could only operate on a vertical path (по вертикальной траетории) in front of the machine.
According to the professor, manufacturers want to give it more mobility and operational capabilities.
«Each «Nona’s» projectiles left five-meter deep gaps in
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