The Russian Armed Forces have reportedly received their first Koalitsiya-SV 152 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), Russian state media reported, citing Rostec sources.
Russia’s Central Military District reported on the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) website on Tuesday that it had reportedly received eight 2S35 SPHs, which would have been distributed among the Russian Ground Forces.
Vehicle’s trials are expected to be concluded by 2022. This is indeed a significant revision of the original timelines Russian sources previously reported when the SPH first emerged back in 2015.
“Koalitsiya-SV will become the first step towards the robotic automation of the military,” Mikhail Matveevsky, head of Missile Troops and Artillery (MT & A, an Arm of the Russian Ground Forces) was quoted as saying by local media in 2018.
The vehicles are equipped with the 6S21 remote-controlled turret carrying a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.
Koalitsiya-SV is considered to become the successor to MSTA SPG.
According to the Russian MoD, its 2A88 152 mm gun provides the vehicle rate of fire of over 10 shots per minute. The SPH can use both HE ammunition and guided projectiles, the flight path of which is corrected by GLONASS space satellite system.
The guided munition for the new self-propelled howitzer is reported to be developed on the basis of the Krasnopol system, which is being currently available on the global arms markets.
Previously, Russian forces received several Koalitsiyas vehicles that were paraded during Russia Victory Day on May 2015. These vehicles were used for initial trials, feeding into further development of the platform.