2S41 Drok 82-mm self-propelled mortar
At the forum "Army-2017" the Main Rocket and Artillery Directorate (GRAU) of the Ministry of Defense presented the 82-mm self-propelled mortar 2S41 "Drock" to the model. A slightly modified version of the self-propelled gun could also be seen on the stand of the UVZ corporation. The UVZ model, painted in the “branded Nizhny Tagil camouflage”, was accompanied only by a brief designation of the type of vehicle.
The Russian scientific and production corporation Uralvagonzavod (UVZ, part of Rostec) presented its latest promising developments, including the self-propelled mortars Floks and Drok for the first time abroad at the international exhibition of weapons IDEX 2019, held in Abu Dhabi in February 2019. It is worth noting that the portfolio of self-propelled mortars presented by Russia at the IDEX 2019 exhibition is one of the most comprehensive, since it includes both 120-mm and 82-mm systems.
"Drok" is Woodwax or gorse bloodthirsty ( lat. Genista tinctoria ) - type of plant kind of broom ( Genista ) family of Legumes ( Fabaceae ), native to Eurasia. Gorse (Genista) is a compact shrub of the legume family with very beautiful and abundant flowering. In nature, there are more than 100 species of gorse.
The developers note that these are not only the first complexes capable of hitting highly protected targets both at a distance of tens of kilometers and literally a few meters away from themselves, but also mobile combat systems that are virtually invulnerable to the enemy. The transport base of the the 82-mm mortar "Drok" is the "KamAZ" (four-wheel armored car "Typhoon-VDV"), "Placing the gun on the chassis of the truck is a completely new solution for the Russian army. In fact, this is a new class of weapons that can significantly increase the mobility of artillery units," said TASS Director General of the Petrel Research Institute Georgy Zakamennyh.
"Drok" was created to support the airborne assault groups of the Airborne Forces (VDV) of the Russian Federation. Its vehicle base is the Typhoon Airborne armored vehicle, thanks to which the crew of the vehicle and its ammunition are protected from the effects of the enemy's damaging factors.
The main armament is an 82-millimeter breech-loading mortar with manual loading. The calculation can fire at targets without leaving the combat compartment. Shooting is carried out by both regular and new mines - with an increased range and power. Ammunition is located in the fighting compartment.
Drok can be equipped with an additional 82mm 2B24 mortar for firing from the ground and a remotely controlled machine-gun module located on the front of the roof. Due to the low combat weight (at the level of the base armored car) - 14 tons - the new system has a high level of mobility. The rooftop also houses the hardware units of the optoelectronic complex, including detection and warning devices for the attack and several smoke grenade launchers.
Mortar firing range - from 100 m to 6 km, rate of fire - about 12 rounds per minute, ammunition - 40 minutes. Manages the machine and its armament calculation of four people.
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