2A65 (M1987) 152-mm Towed Gun-Howitzer
The towed, nuclear-capable 152-mm field gun M1976, along with its self- propelled counterpart 2S5, replaced the 130-mm field gun M-46 in gun battalions organic to artillery regiments and brigades at front and army level. This gun has a distinctive four-wheeled carriage, and has an armored shield that slopes to the rear and extends over the wheels. It has been fielded since 1978 and deployed in Soviet forces in Eastern Europe. This deployment indicated the importance Soviet doctrine placed on the capability to deliver low-yield nuclear strikes relatively close to Soviet forces.
Crew 11 Ammunition 152mm Howitzer range, conventional (km) 6.5-24.7 extended range 28.9 direct fire 25639 rate of fire (rpm), burst 8 sustained 1 ammunition type HE-Frag
elevation (degrees) -3.5 to 70 traverse (degrees) -27 emplace/displace time (min) 2 speed towing, road (kph) 80 off road 20 prime mover Ural-4320 weight (kg) 7000 length (m), travel position width (m) height (m) crew remarks
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- 2A65 152-mm Towed Gun-Howitzer by Mike Galope