The Ukrainian 155-mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer "Bogdana" is awaiting the end of state tests, following which a decision will be made to adopt the ACS into service. Writes about this Defense Express.
At present, the only copy of the ACS 2S22 "Bogdana" is in the workshop of the Kramatorsk Heavy Machine Tool Plant (part of the GS "League of Defense Enterprises of Ukraine"), where it is awaiting the end of state tests.
According to the People's Deputy of Ukraine Roman Kostenko, "Bogdana" has already been tested by firing inert shells, the howitzer has not yet been taken out for combat tests.
If "Bogdana" passes state tests, then it has good prospects both for being put into service in Ukraine and for export to other countries.
- said Kostenko.
The firing of the Bogdan self-propelled guns was reported at the end of last year. The howitzer was tested at a training ground in the Dnepropetrovsk region. At the "zero" stage of testing self-propelled weapon checked by hydroshot (hydro-firing), then the so-called inert ammunition was used. It did not come to live shooting, although this was previously announced. The reason is not named.
Then, in Ukraine, they immediately decided to focus on the fact that the Bogdan self-propelled gun mount "meets NATO standards!" This refers to the caliber of the ACS.
It is alleged that the tests confirmed the ability of the ACS to fire at a rate of up to 6 rounds per minute. According to early statements from the developers, the maximum range when firing an active-rocket projectile is 60 km.
We will remind that for the first time the only prototype of the howitzer was shown on July 14, 2018, and on August 24 of the same year, "Bogdan" was shown at the military parade in honor of the Independence Day of Ukraine.