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2S35 Koalitsiya-SV Self-Propelled Howitzer

Coalition SVThe all-new 2S35-SV Koalitsiya (SV = sukhoputniye vojska) self-propelled howitzer is the successor to the 2S19 Msta-S. Although said to be based on the next-generation Armata platform, the vehicle in the 2015 Victory Day parade did not give evidence of this. The Coalition-SV's hull featured at the 2016 Victory Day parade was clearly different. While the frontal arc of the hull and crew positions appeared similar to that of the Armata, the drivetrain appeared to be that of a T-72/90, with the vehicle utilising six T-72/90 roadwheels. Coalition-SV is said to weigh 55 tonnes.

Experts have written about an initial plan to create a double-cannon version of the machine, but there was evidence to suggest that the plans were later abandoned. One of the early versions of the "Coalition" was distinguished by two 152-mm howitzer barrels. Two-barrel system of this high caliber allowed the "Coalition" to achieve unprecedented rate of fire and implement a volley mode of shooting on goal from the same gun. In this mode of firing from a gun in quick succession, the shells fired one after the other move along different trajectories and hit the target simultaneously.

According to subsequent publications, the decision to use the two-barrel system was abandoned in 2010, but the requirement to achieve a high rate of fire was preserved.

The 152-mm and 155mm caliber howitzer is capable of hitting ground targets at a distance of up to 70 kilometers using precision-guided rounds. Sources indicate that the vehicle will feature automatic targeting and charge selection.

Russia has tested a 152-mm howitzer gun "Coalition-SV", using a new principle of firing projectiles. Vasily Kashin, an expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies believes that Russia was seeking to create an entirely new artillery system which will fill a qualitative void observed in Russian artillery at the turn of the century.

The thermo-electro-chemical weapon uses a special high-density material instead of the conventional gunpowder, which is detonated by an electric discharge. It is reported that projectile is accelerating in the gun barrel not only by the energy of the expanding gases, but also by an electromagnetic pulse. As a result, it is possible to increase the firing range by 50%, according to the newspaper "Izvestia". These plans were later abandoned

Modern Chinese self-propelled 155-mm howitzers, such as the PLZ-05 were created by using technology acquired as a result of cooperation with the U.S. company Space Research in the 1980s. At that time, Space Research was a pioneer in the creation of heavy guns with an increased length of the barrel and a longer firing range. Experience in the creation of long-range artillery systems was combined with the success attained by Harbin plant No. 674 in the development of medium-tracked chassis of the new generation, as well as China's achievements in the field of automated artillery fire control. Finally, automated system of loading guns used by the Russian howitzer "MSTA-S" was borrowed for the Chinese self-propelled howitzers in Russia.

As a result, the new Chinese artillery systems were superior to their Russian analogues in the degree of automation and firing range. According to their characteristics the new Chinese artillery systems are comparable with the best western systems, which was demonstrated in the 2000s when China was able to sell significant quantities of their howitzers to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. In addition, they can use correctable artillery shells "Krasnopol" manufactured under license from Russia. Therefore, Russia will now have to put in a major effort to restore its position in the artillery weapons market.

"Coalition" will have a very high level of automation that will dramatically reduce the crew (perhaps to just 2 people). The tower with weapons will be completely isolated from the crew compartment. Location of crew members in a separate armored capsule will provide a higher security. It is also expected that the system will have a high rate of fire and its range will be increased up to 70 kilometers. Track version of the system is likely to be based on the promising Russian heavy crawler created under the project "Armata".

The "Coalition-SV" is known for a number of features. The new principle of firing a projectile is only one of them. Russia is seeking to create an entirely new artillery system, which will eliminate the qualitative lag in the Russian artillery system that began with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The artillery systems used today by the Russian Army are inferior not only to the best Western models, but also to the Chinese systems.

A single Russian state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled gun is worth an entire artillery battery, deputy commander of Russias Missile Troops and Artillery, Major-General Alexander Dragovalovsky told the press 22 November 2015. "Its a new weapon, cutting edge. Its capabilities effectively allow it to replace a whole battery," Dragovalovsky said.

Due to its pneumatic loader and microwave shell priming system, the Koalitsiya-SV is capable of firing up to 16 shells per minute [Compared to the Amerian M109A6 Paladin maximum Rate of Fire of 4 rounds / minute for 3 minutes]. Its ammunition capacity is 50-70 shells, including precision-guided munitions linked to the GLONASS system, Russia's equivalent of the US-based GPS satellite network.

The first batch of serial 152-mm self-propelled artillery units (SAU) of new generation 2S35 NW Coalition hit part of the Russian army. While the military had called the number of machines that must be produced at the new chassis Armata (pilot batch was based on the T-90). With the new SAU army receives more than 30 self-propelled artillery systems Msta-SEE.

It is worth noting that the Coalition-NE is not upgrade version of any of the Soviet self-propelled artillery of the previous generation, which is kind of revolutionary for the Russian army fighting machines. In addition to the latest 2A88 equipment with unique by world standards at a rate of up to 16 rounds per minute (data channel "Star"), it is equipped with advanced electronic equipment and integrated in the information battle system management tactical level.

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