The newest Russian self-propelled gun “Malva” has completed state tests and will soon begin to enter service with the Russian army.
Alexander Potapov, general director of Uralvagonzavod Concern, told TASS about it. He added that the dispatch of the car to the troops would soon begin. One of the copies of the novelty of the national military-industrial complex is presented at the MILEX-2023 arms exhibition taking place these days in Minsk.
The wheeled self-propelled gun “Malva” is in many ways similar to the French Caesar analogue, which is also supplied to Ukraine. However, in a number of indicators, Russian development is superior to the French competitor.
The combat vehicle is a 152 mm gun mounted on a BAZ – 6610-027 all-wheel drive four-axle wheeled chassis. The developers abandoned the installation of a gun turret and the reservation of the gun mounting location on the chassis, which made it possible to reduce the weight of the vehicle. Thanks to this, the Malva can be transported by transport aircraft of the Il-76 type. The firing range of the gun is more than 24 km with a rate of fire of 7 rounds per minute.
The car began to be developed at the Central Research Institute in Burevestnik in 2019. By the end of 2022, Malva had already completed a full test cycle. At the moment, the assembly of the first experimental batch of these machines is underway.
Photos used: Burevestnik Central Research Institute
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