The Russian Ministry of Defense released a video of the country’s 2S7M self-propelled artillery ambushes on the battlefields and command posts of the Ukrainian army.
“The 2S7M Malka self-propelled howitzer of the Southern Military District participated in the battle. Artillery units counter-fired against the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces. Soldiers destroyed armor, artillery, mortars, and air defense positions. , artillery positions and command posts of the enemy”, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on September 26, 2022.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the crew was involved in a “special military operation to protect the Donbas” but did not disclose the specific location.
Video released on the same day shows Russian servicemen driving the 2S7M self-propelled artillery to the deployment location, then firing at the Ukrainian military target.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recorded smoke rising from the area under shelling.
“The mission is to determine and take the firing position, thereby dealing more damage to the enemy as well as destroying the target. We are in the highest spirit, ready to fight and perform all tasks”, only Kizlyar artillery crew said.
“We are united and in any situation will win,” emphasized Kizlyar.
On the Ukrainian battlefield, this 203mm self-propelled howitzer was used by both Russia and Ukraine. While Kyiv uses the 2S7 Pion variant, Moscow uses the modern 2S7M Malka variant.
Although owning about 100 2S7 Pion guns, the Ukrainian side lacks the supply of ammunition for this artillery, so they are not very effective.
The Soviet Union is the birthplace of powerful super weapons and the 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun is one of them. Until now, this is still one of the most powerful cannons in the world when it comes to the ability to fire nuclear bullets.
The Soviet Union began to research and produce this type of artillery in the 1970s. This is a strategic artillery system that was produced on a scale of more than a thousand guns.
After successful development, the Soviet Union expected this to be a weapon that would create a turning point on the battlefield.
There was a time when people thought that the days of artillery were over, replaced by offensive missiles, but the fact that recent battlefields such as Syria, Libya, and now Ukraine have shown the importance of artillery.
Using artillery still creates a formidable combat effect for the enemy while ensuring a much cheaper economy than using missiles.
The cost of a missile can be several dozen times higher than an artillery shell, throwing a large number of shells at the target at the same time will create destructive power and cause panic for the enemy.
The 2S7 Pion self-propelled howitzer uses a specially developed crawler chassis equipped with a 750 horsepower diesel engine, reaching a speed of 51km / h, and a range of 500km.
To prevent damage to the main engine, the 2S7 Pion has an additional 24 hp auxiliary power system for use when needed.
2S7 Pion is equipped with a 203mm caliber cannon, the cannon has a rate of fire of 3 rounds/2 minutes.
With a 203mm cannon and a loading support system, the 2S7 Pion can fire fragmentation rounds weighing up to 110kg, containing 17.8kg of explosives to a distance of up to 37.5km.
With an increased range of ammunition weighing 103kg and containing 13.8kg of explosives, the range is up to 47.5km.
In terms of size, the 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun has a body length of 10.5m, a width of 3.38m, a height of 3m, and weighs up to 46 tons.