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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.

Specifications

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
ICM
Illumination
Krasnopol
Santimeter
Smoke
VHF jammer
Chemical
nuclear
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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