Skip to comments.Russian Navy to decide on prototype Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval howitzer system production
Posted on 11/26/2016 3:15:10 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
The Russian Navy has not yet made any decision on the production of a prototype of the promising Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne howitzer, the press office of Russias Uralvagonzavod armor producer said in an interview with Flotprom online media organization.
Koalitsiya F Howitzer turret 152mm Russia Navy Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval gun system
The information about the Koalitsiya-F howitzer appeared in the media back to 2006, the press office added.
"Russias Burevestnik Central Research Institute [an Uralvagonzavod subsidiary] has worked out proposals concerning the development of the Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne system and submitted them to the Navy," the press office said.
"As of today, a decision to organize work for the production of the prototype Koalitsiya-F howitzer has not been made by the Navy yet," the press office added.
As it was reported earlier, the Koalitsiya-F howitzer may become the main weapon of Russian Navy large ships. There were plans to mount it on the Project 23560 destroyer that is currently being designed. According to expert Prokhor Tebin, such weapons are not typical for advanced foreign-made ships.
"The United States sometimes shows interest in large-caliber guns but it focuses on guided and high-velocity projectiles," the expert said.
"The sole exception is the Advanced Gun System (AGS) mounted on Zumwalt-class destroyers. However, this system will not be produced in high volume for obvious reasons," he added.
2S35 Koalitsiya-SV is a new generation of Russian-made self-propelled tracked howitzer
Comment by Navy Recognition
The Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval gun system project is based on the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled tracked howitzer of the Russian army. The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV tracked self-propelled howitzer is fitted with a single 2A88 152mm cannon. It has a maximum firing range of 30 km with standard ammunitions and around 40 km with rocket-assisted projectile. It has also a fully automated ammunition loading and handling system with 8 rounds per minute rate of fire.
The naval variant "Koalitsiya-F" has a dual 152mm gun arrangement. It is said to have been researched in the 1990ies at the same time of the R&D work for Koalitsiya-SV (land variant) by the leading developer - CRI "Petrel" (Nizhny Novgorod), in conjunction with the "Ural Plant of Transport Engineering" (Nizhny Tagil), TSNIIM and "Uralvagonzavod". Koalitsiya-SV first public appearance was in 2005 during rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade.
In 2002, the German Navy evaluated a modified PzH2000 155mm howitzer system known as MONARC (Modular Naval Artillery Concept) on the Type 124 Sachsen class frigate Hamburg. While the system performed well, components were difficult to protect against corrosion.
MONARC (PzH2000) tests in 2002 with a Sachsen class frigate of the German Navy. HDW picture.
The Russian SP Howitzer looks like a cross of a German WW2 Elefant and Tiger II!
That’s a GUN, not a howitzer.
Very long in range, and thus good for Naval use.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it is CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!!!!
An old argument in the USN was the that ship guns should be eliminated as outdated, compared to modern technology rockets, missiles, and aircraft. So the last active battleships were stricken in 2006.
However, while one of the arguments for modern weapons is that they minimize collateral damage, this is only true if you care about collateral damage. If you want to level destruction that your enemy will talk about for generations, nothing quite speaks like 16 inch naval guns.
No nation attacked by one of our battleships has ever forgotten it. I saw a great video of a 16 inch round hitting the side of a mountain with four widely spaced artillery guns on it. It picked up that side of that mountain and shook it, knocking out all four positions.
While a 152mm (about 6 inch) gun is no small potatoes, if the Russians plan on engaging in “gunboat diplomacy” in smaller conflicts like Syria, after trying this out I would not be surprised if they build a ship that would be a modern version of a battleship.
Maybe the US could buy a couple to upgrade the Zumwalt by giving it a usable gun.
Although this appears to be in reference to the German efforts, this will be the key as to whether it works out:
“components were difficult to protect against corrosion.”
Interestingly, the US is also looking to upgrade their 5in/54’s to 6 inch guns like this one.
What was old is new again.
The Russians have always made good guns and this one looks like a doozy.
I have heard the Navy doesn’t even want the Zumwalt. Only the representatives from the constituencies it is built in want it.
It probably is ;)
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