Aug 12, 2022
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“Unique Sample”. How the development of the 2S25 gun became a breakthrough for the Russian military-industrial complex

The Russian army will soon receive a modernized 125-mm self-propelled anti-tank gun 2S25. This was announced by the First Deputy General Director of the Rostec Corporation Vladimir Artyakov in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“In the near future, we expect the letter “O1” to be assigned to this model, after which the machine can be put into service,” he said.

Let us clarify that the development of this type of weaponry began in the Soviet Union. In 1984, the tactical and technical assignment for the development of a 125-mm self-propelled airborne anti-tank gun was approved for the design bureaus. In 2001, state tests were carried out, and in 2006 the Sprut-SD self-propelled guns entered service with the airborne troops.

In 2021, the Russian military conducted a series of tests in the Black Sea, where they demonstrated the use of the 2S25 gun in various weather conditions – from calm to three-point sea waves on the Beaufort scale.

In addition, exercises were also held in other regions of Russia, where the peculiarities of using the novelty in conditions of extremely high and low temperatures, high mountains, tropical and swampy areas were revealed.

Expert of the Association of Military Political Scientists, Head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the PRUE. G. V. Plekhanova Andrey Koshkin in an interview with Politika Segodnya, he said that the modernization of the 2S25 gun was a reaction to the changed face of modern hostilities. The result was a real breakthrough for the military-industrial complex.

“Drones once again raised artillery to the pedestal of the god of war. <…> It turns out the same gun, and we modernize it to the conditions for the use of unmanned aircraft, hang this system and get uniqueness. We were chasing something completely different, but the drones made it possible to feel that all artillery can conduct an artillery duel with high efficiency or cover targets with fire, ”the expert said.

The analyst also noted that the Russian army has long been on the path of modernizing obsolete weapons, which, after updating, are able to compete on equal terms with modern models.

“We took the path of modernization and received unique samples of aviation equipment that met modern requirements. We saved money, and most importantly, these samples were made and are in service. There is no need to retrain pilots and specialists, you just need to retrain them, ”Koshkin summed up.

Earlier it became known that the Prometheus combat security module will be presented for the first time at the Army-2022 forum. Representatives of JSC NPO Elektromashina stated that this product will be designed to work in law enforcement agencies and specialized security companies.

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