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Prototype Twin-Barreled Self-Propelled Gun Vehicle (2010)


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This offshoot of the 2S35 program was once an intriguing prototype and intended for the Russian Army.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/27/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The 2S35 was a prototype twin-barreled 152mm self-propelled gun platform once under development in Russia. The system utilized the existing chassis and automotive components of the 2S19 "Msta-S" self-propelled gun (introduced in 1989 and born of the T-80 MBT) with an all-new turret structure. The key differentiating feature of the 2S35 when compared to other SPGs was to become its "over-under" gun arrangement featuring 2x 152mm gun systems. The guns were to be managed by a individual auto-loaders and could reportedly reach a rate-of-fire of 16 rounds-per-minute. A technology demonstrator was unveiled in 2006 but it appears that development of this vehicle was abandoned in 2010.

The selection of a two-gun approach was wholly unique to this vehicle and an interesting design choice when all comparable contemporaries have relied on single main guns for decades since World War 2 (1939-1945). Not only offering a substantially higher rate-of-fire, the dual-gun approach could yield improved first-hit capability (particularly with precision-guided ordnance), longer barrel service life and an inherent backup should one of the guns fail in action. Each gun is given a dedicated autoloader and reduces the operating crew. Conversely, the system was of a more complicated engineering design and thusly more expensive to procure in number. Use of the existing Msta-S chassis alleviated this to some extent logistically. All other self-propelled gun functions remained the same including tracked mobility and a fully-traversing enclosed turret assembly.

As in the Msta-S, the 2S35 would rely on a driver seated in the hull with a track-and-wheel arrangement in play. Power was to have been supplied by a diesel-fueled engine at the rear of the hull. Based on available imagery of what is believed to have been the prototype vehicle, the main guns were capped by perforated muzzle brakes and up to six grenade dischargers were positioned at the front-side turret walls (two banks of three dischargers each). A coaxial machine gun was assumed and support for an anti-aircraft machine gun on the turret roof was likely. The turret was to feature an operating crew of one (or perhaps two) and it is believed that the hull and turret would have houses up to 70 x 152mm ready-to-fire projectiles with on-call ammunition selection through an integrated Fire Control System (FCS). The vehicle was listed with an estimated road speed of 60kmh with a range out to 500km and a weight in the 50 ton range.

There were reports of the program's cancellation some years ago though this 2S35 project was once confirmed as active in February of 2014 - though this now appears very unlikely as the more conventional (single-barreled) 2S35 Koalitsiya SPG is set to be introduced into the Russian Army between before the end of the 2010s, succeeding the line of 2S19 SPG systems currently (2017) in service.

Some sources showcase the presented 152mm guns as 155mm units which is entirely possible for the finished product. The finalized design could have also fielded an entirely new chassis and hull apart from that as used in the Msta-S series. An 8x8 wheeled form was, at one point, another possibility for the twin-gunned vehicle.

Specifications



Service Year
2010

Origin
Russia national flag graphic
Russia

Crew
2
CREWMEN
Production
20
UNITS


State Arsenals - Russia
National flag of Russia Russia (cancelled)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Fire Support / Assault / Breaching
Support allied forces through direct / in-direct fire, assault forward positions, and / or breach fortified areas of the battlefield.


Length
23.8 ft
7.25 m
Width
11.2 ft
3.4 m
Height
9.8 ft
3 m
Weight
110,231 lb
50,000 kg
Tonnage
55.1 tons
HEAVY
(Showcased structural values pertain to the 2S35 2x152mm production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x V-84A diesel-fueled engine developing 850 horsepower (estimated).
Speed
37.3 mph
(60.0 kph)
Range
310.7 mi
(500.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the 2S35 2x152mm production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
2 x 152mm / 155mm main guns in over-under barrel arrangement.
1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun (assumed)
1 x 14.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun (probable)


Supported Types


Graphical image of a tank cannon armament
Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun


(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
70 x 152mm projectiles
3,000 x 7.62mm ammunition (estimated)
1,500 x 14.7mm ammunition (estimated)


2S35 - Base Series Designation; prototype model believed completed and under testing.


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