Russia’s army dispatches 2S5 Giatsint-S artillery capable of firing tactical nuclear projectiles to Ukraine.

A train appeared in the Krasnoyarsk region bringing weaponry on its way to replenish forces for the Russian army in Ukraine, most notably the 2S5 Giatsint-S cannon, a type of artillery that can launch tactical nuclear projectiles.

Russian military preparations for a special operation in Ukraine continue, most recently with the appearance of a train carrying artillery 2S5 Giatsint-S, a weapon that can launch tactical nuclear artillery shells. In order to bolster its forces in the current fight, Russia has previously sent out more weaponry. In the past, in June 2022, Russia had also bolstered this kind of artillery. Since the start of its special military campaign in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Russia has been using the 2S5 Giatsint-S, a regular 152mm self-propelled howitzer. The 2S5 Giatsint-S self-propelled artillery was developed by the Soviet Union in 1976 and entered into service in 1978. Self-propelled artillery 2S5 Giatsint manufacturing started in the early 1980s and continued until it was formally discontinued in the early 1990s.

Russia has recently made numerous adjustments and extensive upgrades to the 2S5 Giatsint cannons. A new reconnaissance and aiming system with several significant upgrades has been added to improve the precision of each shot. This gun shoots more precisely, in part thanks to the incorporation of guidance technology and a target indicator from a UAV. The 2S5 Giatsint is regarded as the only self-propelled weapon in existence today that can fire anywhere, according to Russian media.

The 152mm gun used by 2S5 Giatsint-S has a length that is 54 times the calibre. Up to 5–6 rounds per minute can be fired at most with a reloading system. With a range of 28.4 kilometres and up to nearly 40 km with enhanced range bullets, the 2S5 Giatsint-S can fire a variety of ammunition types, including conventional fragmentation, anti-tank (HEAT), and smoke bullets.

The 2S5 Giatsint gun can fire tactical nuclear ammunition with a capacity of 0.1-2kT, according to the Russian military. Despite the fact that it is powerful, the 2S5 Giatsint-S only has 30 rounds, therefore after using them all, more must be loaded from ammunition trucks.

More than 1,000 2S5 Giatsint-S guns are owned by Russia, of which roughly 400 are used by the army and 170 by the navy, with the remaining ammunition being held in reserve.

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