Project CJSC "Zauralets-D". Details and Assumptions

In the foreseeable future, the fleet of equipment of the airborne troops should be replenished with new self-propelled artillery guns. In the interests of the Airborne Forces, two projects of the SAO of the Zauralets-D family were developed. The existence of this project was announced at the end of last year. In October, there were new reports on the progress of the project, which may indicate the imminent completion of all necessary work.


For the first time the existence of the project of the CJSC "Zauralets-D", intended for arming the airborne troops, was revealed at the end of last year. At the end of December, the TASS news agency, referring to Dmitry Semizorov, General Director of the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering, reported that the company was engaged in creating promising self-propelled guns. Within the framework of the Zauralets-D project, two versions of self-propelled artillery guns are being created. One combat vehicle must receive a gun caliber 120 mm, the second - 152 mm. The new equipment will differ from the existing samples by the increased range of fire and the increased power of ammunition.

By the time of the announcement of the first information, the Zauralets-D project from the Central Research Institute Tochmash had apparently advanced far enough and could have approached the testing stage. According to the general director of the enterprise developer, in 2016, the troops will have to receive the first batch of new equipment. In this case, the first batch will be small, and its task will be to check the vehicles in the army. Full-fledged mass production starts only in 2017 year. According to the plans of the end of last year, the serial construction of self-propelled guns and deliveries to the troops should continue until the middle of the next decade.


SAO 2C9 "Nona-S". At the moment, the main self-propelled airborne. Wikimedia Commons Photos


Unfortunately, the first reports about the project of the CJSC "Zauralets-D" for the airborne troops contained almost no technical details of the project. Only the general parameters of the guns that are planned to be used on advanced combat vehicles were announced. Other details appeared only at the end of spring 2015.

In late May, Airborne Commander-in-Chief Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov in an interview for the Russian Service radio station News"Touched on the development of a promising self-propelled artillery gun. According to the commander, in the near future there should be a self-propelled variant with a 120 mm gun. Work continues on the creation of a 152 mm system. They are 50% complete.

According to the general, such equipment meets all the requirements of the airborne troops and is able to provide the required firepower of the units. In terms of firing range and power of shots, promising IJSC Zauralets-D should surpass existing systems of a similar purpose. Other technical details of the project were not disclosed.

In early October, new information appeared, to some extent revealing the general appearance of a promising CAO. The head of the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering told RIA Novosti about the current status of the project. According to him, by now the preliminary tests of the prototype of the SAO have been completed with the artillery part of the caliber 120 mm on a caterpillar track. A model of the Zauralets-D machine confirmed its characteristics. All parameters of the new combat module meet customer requirements. In addition, D. Semizorov said that the Ministry of Defense proposed using a different type of chassis as part of the new combat vehicle, as well as replacing the fire control system.

Unfortunately, the details of the project “Zauralets-D” are still unknown. Over the past year, representatives of industry and the armed forces have announced only a few of the most general facts that do not allow for a general picture. At the moment, it is known only about the existence of a prototype self-propelled gun with a 120 caliber mm in metal. Prototypes of the machine with a more powerful gun, apparently, have not yet been built.

It is known that the promising CAO is based on a tracked chassis, the type of which, however, remains unknown. Moreover, according to the latest data, in the near future the Zauralets-D car should receive a certain new chassis. It is possible that the prototype of this CAO was built on the basis of the existing chassis borrowed from serial equipment. Thus, in the future, another type of chassis will become the basis for a promising self-propelled gun.

A combat module is installed on the base chassis with a weapon of one of two types. The Zauralets-D armored car, according to open data, can carry a 120 or 152 caliber gun. It is the combat module with artillery weapons that is of primary interest, but there is no detailed information about it. The requirement of the military regarding the use of a new fire control system may indicate an initial modernization of the existing model, but there is no exact data on this.

Based on the available information, you can try to predict the role of promising technology in the army. Self-propelled gun with 120 caliber mm can be a substitute for machines like 2C9 "Nona", not different in novelty. By increasing the basic characteristics of this option "Zauraltsa-D" will provide not only the replacement of outdated equipment and the general renewal of the fleet of armored vehicles of the Airborne Forces, but also will significantly increase the firepower of artillery.

Of particular interest is the information on the creation of self-propelled guns with a caliber 152 mm. At present, the Russian airborne troops do not have artillery systems of this caliber. The caliber of all barrel and rocket airborne artillery systems does not exceed 120-122 mm. Thus, the 152-mm variant of the Zauralets-D joint-stock company will radically change the state of the airborne artillery.

It is unlikely that according to its characteristics, Zauralets-D will be able to compare with the ACS of the ground forces, such as the 2C19 Msta-S or 2CXNNXX Coalition-SV. Nevertheless, the appearance of 35-mm guns on a self-propelled chassis, suitable for parachute landing, can significantly increase the combat potential and overall firepower of the airborne troops.

Unfortunately, most of the information about the project of the CJSC "Zauralets-D", as well as the appearance of promising technology, remains unknown. Nevertheless, the available data are of great interest, as well as allow us to build forecasts. At the moment, the situation allows you to look into the future with optimism. New projects can really change the situation with the Airborne Forces equipment for the better.


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http://i-mash.ru/
http://bastion-opk.ru/
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  1. Bongo 22 October 2015 06: 50 New
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    Project CJSC "Zauralets-D". Details and Assumptions
    Publication "about nothing" negative
    The new equipment will differ from existing models with an increased firing range and increased ammunition power.
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    Unfortunately, most of the information about the Zauralets-D project, as well as the appearance of promising equipment, is still unknown.
    - here are two key phrases of the article. request Was it worth it to occupy a place on the site?
    1. cth; fyn 22 October 2015 06: 58 New
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      And remember the article about armature, two hundred times the transfusion of air from empty to empty.
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      gjv 22 October 2015 08: 52 New
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      Quote: Bongo
      most of the information about the Zauralets-D project, as well as the appearance of promising equipment, remains unknown

      Quote: qwert
      Most likely the trunk is thin-walled

      Quote: inkass_98
      If the 120 mm cannon you can try again

      Here is (presumably) a photo of Zauralets-D from the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The case is almost like that of the Nona-S, and the gun is somehow thin, as it’s hard to believe that it’s 120 mm. Or can there really be such a thin-walled?

      And some sort of rectangular perforated casing.
      1. Sid.74 22 October 2015 09: 13 New
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        Quote: gjv
        and some kind of thin gun, as it is hard to believe that 120-mm.

        This is similar option with 57 mm automatic cannon.
      2. KGB WATCH YOU 22 October 2015 11: 08 New
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        This is an ordinary BMD-2. I always thought that Zauralets-D is this car



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          gjv 22 October 2015 11: 55 New
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          Quote: KGB WATCH YOU
          This is an ordinary BMD-2

          But what kind of car is this? It looks like Vienna, but the gun seems to have been cut off differently and the machine gun is not visible.
          1. KGB WATCH YOU 22 October 2015 11: 59 New
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            This is Vienna. What kind of machine gun?
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              gjv 22 October 2015 15: 08 New
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              Quote: KGB WATCH YOU
              What kind of machine gun?

              Yes, this is not a machine gun. To the right above the gun sticks out, apparently the barometer sensor mentioned in the description.
      3. Bad_gr 22 October 2015 11: 09 New
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        Quote: gjv
        Here is (presumably) a photo of Zauralets-D from the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

        Ordinary BMD-2 with its native 30mm gun 2A42
  2. qwert 22 October 2015 07: 19 New
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    I wonder what firing range and projectile weight. Most likely the barrel is thin-walled and the shell will be smaller than the standard 47kg.
    1. Forest 22 October 2015 11: 22 New
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      Rather, the charge will be made smaller, and due to the quality of the metal, you can also use standard 152-mm shots.
  3. inkass_98 22 October 2015 07: 30 New
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    Hypothetical tools, hypothetical platforms ... If you can try to place the 120-mm gun on the BMD chassis again, then the 152-mm will require a completely different platform. How much it will be landing - that is the question. "Nona" is not a new, but universal weapon that allows you to shoot everything that has a caliber 120 mm, from a shell to a mine. How adequate will the replacement be?
    1. GRAY 22 October 2015 08: 11 New
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      then the 152 mm will require a completely different platform.

      Not a fact.
      I think there will be something like an "Octopus", only without an automatic loader.
      The hull can be made a little lower, and the tower a little larger.
      1. self-propelled 22 October 2015 08: 20 New
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        Quote: GRAY
        Not a fact.
        I think there will be something like an "Octopus", only without an automatic loader.

        or maybe they’ll come up with something (in the photo "Pat-B")
        1. GRAY 22 October 2015 08: 41 New
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          Quote: self-propelled
          or maybe they’ll come up with something (in the photo "Pat-B")

          He was already put on the chassis of the BMP, it turned out nochen. The gun is so-so, the range is small.
          The only way out is active-reactive peeling, then it will turn out to throw 20 kilometers.
          1. self-propelled 22 October 2015 09: 09 New
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            Well, Duc and D-30 (and, along with it, “Carnation”) were not very long-range either (and “Pat” would be a good replacement for the aforementioned artillery systems, in view of the removal of these from armament). either range or compactness so to speak
            1. GRAY 22 October 2015 09: 36 New
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              Quote: self-propelled
              Well, Duc and D-30 (and, along with it, “Carnation”) were not very long-range either (and “Pat” would be a good replacement for the aforementioned artillery systems, in view of the removal of these from armament). either range or compactness so to speak

              All these are hopelessly outdated systems, the D-30 was removed from service altogether, and this Pat was not even taken. I hope that, after all, they’ll file something better.
  4. tchoni 22 October 2015 08: 48 New
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    And, for some reason, it seems to me that this will be a 120 mm howitzer “stuffed” in the chassis of the “shell”
    Well, it’s hard to say about the 152 mm artillery system ... But a solution with a fixed cabin or placing the artillery system outside the armor following the example of the “tulip” directly begs itself.
    A little alarming is the choice of tracked chassis. The possibilities for quick transport on public roads are significantly reduced ..
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    AUL 22 October 2015 09: 42 New
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    But I’m wondering what kind of ammunition a 152mm self-propelled gun can have? Pieces 10 - 15, I think, will no longer fit. Isn’t it going to be too bold, for the sake of 15 shots, to drop a self-propelled gun? After all, there will be nobody to bring her shells.
  6. Izotovp 22 October 2015 11: 28 New
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    Do self-propelled assault to open fortified defense of important objects? sad
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      AUL 22 October 2015 14: 40 New
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      So this is not a task for the Airborne Forces!
      1. Izotovp 22 October 2015 15: 41 New
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        I do not know, I suppose, I ask)))
  7. Pate 22 October 2015 15: 08 New
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    So there is SAO 2C31 Vienna, which shoots farther and more accurately than Nona, why come up with something, if there is one ready, for some reason its filling was considered too complicated and therefore was not accepted into service and can now be renamed.
    1. GRAY 22 October 2015 16: 49 New
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      So there is SAO 2C31 Vienna,

      It is not airborne, made on the basis of infantry fighting vehicles, is not suitable for the Airborne Forces.
    2. Disant 22 October 2015 17: 04 New
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      it’s clear that Vienna’s cannon is better and clearer. so she with such a long barrel will not fit into any gate
  8. Disant 22 October 2015 16: 41 New
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    Quote: tchoni
    And, for some reason, it seems to me that this will be a 120 mm howitzer “stuffed” in the chassis of the “shell”
    Well, it’s hard to say about the 152 mm artillery system ... But a solution with a fixed cabin or placing the artillery system outside the armor following the example of the “tulip” directly begs itself.
    A little alarming is the choice of tracked chassis. The possibilities for quick transport on public roads are significantly reduced ..

    Yes, well, all the time you are trying to push the mobile forces to where the Makar did not drive the calves - for other purposes? all want to dissolve them ..
    Watch the "Edge of the Future" Hollywood movie. there the sergeant correctly said - "We will go ahead. at the tip of the knife, at the tip of the spear ..."
    so with the airborne.
  9. Massik 22 October 2015 22: 25 New
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    It seems like the Airborne Forces does not mean the destruction of targets deep in the enemy’s defense, it’s their business to take a bridgehead or a separate area-object in which it is possible to stay until the main forces approach. Why do they even have a range of 20 km? A full-fledged howitzer in the Airborne Forces has only 2 exits, either traveling on new technologies, or on expensive materials like the Americans with their gun from titanium.
  10. garri-lin 23 October 2015 20: 49 New
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    I think enough range of 10 km. accuracy and especially rate of fire are important for the Airborne Forces. if you want to create a 152 mm low-ballistic gun, with a range of about 10 km, no problem. plus corrected ammunition and ATGMs. You should get a good support tool. powerful and versatile
  11. Captain Pushkin April 28 2017 21: 05 New
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    Quote: gjv
    Here is (presumably) a photo of Zauralets-D from the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The case is almost like that of the Nona-S, and the gun is somehow thin, as it’s hard to believe that it’s 120 mm. Or can there really be such a thin-walled?

    And some sort of rectangular perforated casing.

    There, a projectile of a caliber, in the form of a bagel with poppy seeds, does not move inside the barrel, but fitting the barrel outside ...