5 Msta S: Russian Self Propelled Howitzer

Msta S: Russian Self Propelled Howitzer

Posted on March 17, 2014 by team


Msta-S is a Russian (Soviet) self-propelled howitzer that was first put into service back in 1989. The vehicle is based on the T-80 tank hull, but is powered by the T-72’s diesel engine.


“Msta-S” is intended to destroy tactical nuclear weapons, artillery and mortar batteries, tanks and other armoured equipment, anti-tank weapons, manpower, air and ballistic missile defence facilities, command posts, field fortifications, and also to prevent enemy manoeuvres.

It can fire at observed and unseen targets from covered positions and by direct point, it can also operate in mountains (gun elevation +50°).


The armoured body of “Msta-S” is similar to that of a T-72 tank (with some exceptions).


The armament of “Msta-S” consists of a 152 mm howitzer and a 12,7 anti-aircraft machine gun.









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5 Responses to “Msta S: Russian Self Propelled Howitzer”

  1. Dan says:

    I hope they let the kids shoot the machinegun. Kids love machineguns!

  2. Billy says:

    That thing weighs over 40 tons. Saddam had some of these. They were taken out fairly early to be effective.

  3. john says:

    From a technical view,cool stuff.

  4. nikoliy says:

    Great pics
    However the MSTA-S is actually ONLY based on the T-72. The reason for the confusion is because the chase is longer then the T-72 chase so it has two larger gaps between the first, second and third wheels. The T-80 chase is also longer then the T-72 so it also has a larger gap behind the third wheel leading some people to think that some components are shared.
    Also the MSTA-S is produced at the Omsktransmash factory this was the second factory to produce the T-80 in USSR before its collapse, this also added to the confusion.
    Omsktransmash designed the Black Eagle prototype and an advanced version of the MSTA-S with dual cannons it is called 2S35 Koalitsija-SV (google it to see pics of the prototype)

    EnglishRussia had a post on Omsktransmash a couple of years ago.

  5. scud-werfer says:

    There is an Auto-loading system? Very interesting and not like our old M109 in Switzerland!
    Trumpeter has this Tank in 1/35….:-) I like it!

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