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2S19 MSTA-S 152-mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

The 152mm 2S19 MSTA-S self-propelled howitzer entered service with the Russian Army in 1989. While the Russian Army hoped to replace all of its 122mm and 152mm self propelled artillery with this howitzer, budgetary constraints mean this replacement will not be completed any time soon. At least one 2S19-equipped regiment served in Chechnya as part of the 8th Army Corps.

MSTA-S comprises a turret mounted on a tracked armored chassis based on elements of the T-72 and T-80 main battle tanks. It is manufactured by Uraltransmash of Ekaterinberg, Russia.

The 2S19's gun crew can load the gun at any angle of elevation. Ammunition and gun loading, laying and re-targeting are highly automated, allowing maximum firing rate of 8 rounds per minute with onboard rounds and 6-7 rounds per minute with rounds from the ground. The system provides automatic gun loading for projectiles and semi-automatic loading for charges. The design of the ammunition rack allows different types of projectiles to be stored in the same rack. The automatic loading mechanism can select the type of ammunition and control the loading and the number of rounds. A major drawback to the Krasnopol semiactive laser-guided projectileis the incompatibility with the autoloader of the 2S19 due to the projectile's length. The Krasnopol-M (152-mm/155-mm) was developed as a follow-on product improvement that is fully compatible with the 2S19 autoloader

A battery can deliver projectiles on a target and move on to the next firing point before reaction firing. The howitzer's armor gives protection against armor-piercing bullets and projectiles. The 2S19 can also produce a smokescreen by injecting diesel fuel into the exhaust outlet. The 21-hp gas turbine AP-18D Auxiliary Power Unit provides power for turret operations when the vehicle engine is shut down.


Alternative Designations 152-mm 2S19 Msta-S
Date of Introduction 1989
Proliferation At least 4 countries
Crew 5 (section of 7 with 2 in ammo carrier)
Platform (chassis) Modified T-72
Combat Weight (mt) 42
Chassis Length Overall (m) 11.91
Height Overall (m) 2.98
Width Overall (m) 3.58
Automotive Performance
Engine Type 840-hp V84-A diesel
Cruising Range (km) 500 km
Speed (km/h)
Max Road 60
Max Off-Road 25
Cross-Country INA
Max Swim N/A
Fording Depths (m) Unprepared 1.5
Emplacement Time (min) 1-2
Displacement Time (min) 1-2
Radio R-173
Armor, Turret (mm) 15
Armor Turret Top (mm) 15
Armor Hull (mm) 15
Self-Entrenching Blade Capable of digging a complete firing pit in 40- 60 minutes
NBC Protection System Yes
Smoke Equipment Six Type 902 smoke grenade launchers and Vehi-cle engine exhaust smoke system (VEESS)
Main Armament
Caliber, Type, Name 152-mm, canon, 2A64
Barrel Length (cal) 48
Rate of Fire (rpm)
Burst 8
Normal 6
Sustained 2
Fire from Ground 6-7
Loader Type autoloader
Breech Type Vertical sliding wedge
Muzzle Brake Type Double baffle
Traverse ()
Left 360
Right 360
Total 360
Elevation () (-/+) -4/+68
Auxiliary Weapon
Caliber, Type, Name 12.7-mm NSVT machinegun
Mount Type PZU-5 AA
Direct Fire Range (m) 2000
Max Effective Range (m)`
Day 1500 (AA)/1500 (Ground)
Night N/A
Fire on Move Yes
Rate of Fire (rpm) 800 (cyclic)
Indirect Fire 1P22 Panoramic Telescope (PANTEL)
Direct Fire 1P23
Collimator K-1
Gun Display Unit None
Fire Control Computer None
Caliber, Type, Name152-mm Frag-HE, OF-72
Indirect Fire Range (m)
Minimum Range 6500
Maximum Range 24,700
Complete Projectile Weight (kg) 43.56 (OF-45)
Muzzle Velocity 864 m/s
Fuze Type RGM-2 PD 152-mm, HEAT, BP-540
Direct Fire Range (m)
Minimum Range 0
Maximum Range 1000
Armor Penetration (mm) INA
Complete Projectile Weight (kg) 27.00
Muzzle Velocity 655 m/s
Fuze Type GPV-3 PD 152-mm Frag-HE BB, OF-91
Indirect Fire Range (m)
Minimum Range 6710
Maximum Range 29,000
Complete Projectile Weight (kg) 42.86 (OF-61)
Muzzle Velocity 828 m/s
Fuze Type KZ-88 PD
Other Ammunition Types All standard 152-mm artillery rounds

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Saturday, June 19, 1999 6:37:33 AM