18 Practice Shoot In Primorye

Practice Shoot In Primorye

Posted on March 24, 2012 by


On March, 23rd in Primorskiy Territory, the Marine artillerymen carried out shooting practices and tactical maneuvers with the 2S1 Gvozdika, a Soviet 122-mm self-propelled howitzer.


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On the way to the firing ground.

This motorcade of armored personnel carriers returnes to the base after another exercise.

Those are 122-mm self-propelled howitzers Gvozdika.

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18 Responses to “Practice Shoot In Primorye”

  1. scud-werfer says:

    thank you for the pictures. wish we would have training-lessons with russian tactics (marked as enemys) to see how well our training with the m109 in Switzerland is.
    Sorry for my shitty english…

  2. D. Bunker says:

    What is Gvozdika? Russian for Godzilla?

  3. bhughes says:

    Why russian soldiers have always illfitting uniforms??

  4. SMERSH says:

    does the 2S1 share a chassis with the MT-LB? They look a little similar

  5. manta says:

    Why in Gods name do they wear the complete scout outfit (belts etc.) and thick jacket in those tanks ? German armored personnel troops only wear an overall. It is much easier to move and get in/out with that in a tank.

  6. Retro says:

    They look a bit awkward. Like fat astronauts from outer space

  7. Testicules says:

    I wonder how these would shake out against the new Paladins the US is using.

    • ayaa says:

      You are comparing a 122mm gun to a 155mm one. The real match for the M109A6 would be the 2s19 (Msta) with 152mm calibre.

      • Testicules says:

        With smart munitions, I guess I am realy more interested in survivability, field strength, tactics, and accuarcy. Calibre is becoming less important and shells get more deadly.

        • ayaa says:

          Then the only way to know that would be in an actual Russia vs USA conflict. If thats the case, then neither of us would likely know the answer, but we can argue it out in heaven or hell (or wherever we go). :P

          Calibre actually is very important. The higher the caliber, the more powerful the actual shot as well as greater impact. Thus more deadly.

          In terms of survivability both the Gvozdika and Msta have 12.7mm MG’s for self-defence, as does the M109a6. There are also talks of specialized shtora and maybe even arena systems, (but that is still unclear and depends on how much funds are allocated). Looks can be deceiving, but it sure as hell looks like the Msta packs far more armour than any other SPG.

          Within the new brigade structure, each brigade will have (and by now, has) three MRLS batteries, and 6 artillery batteries. The rocket artillery will just rain down on a target area and can either lay waste to it with he-frag rounds or mine an area forcing an enemy to stop and go around. The artillery batteries are used for more precise firing to knock out specific targets or to pick off the survivors of a rocket salvo.

          In terms of accuracy, Msta is believed to be able to have an accuracy of 12m at ranges of upto 30 km. And the Krasnopol is a cheap alternative to the “smart munitions”. While not as pin-point as accurate as a smart round, it is good enough and is at a fraction of the cost.

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