The modernization of one of the most powerful artillery weapons – Russian Tyulpan mortars – will be completed by 2020, reports the manufacturer.
“The deadline for the end of the work is set for 2020,” says the Uralvagonzavod press service press release (UVZ).
The new Russian self-propelled mortars are expected to be equipped with surveillance, radio and outdoor communications equipment. In addition, the Tyulpan will have sets of anti-nuclear protection devices and additional armaments.
The modernization is being carried out by the Russian factory Uraltransmash – the main developer of the Tyulpan.
Earlier foreign media reported that Russia began to modernize its long range heavy artillery – from the 240mm 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled mortar and from the 203mm 2S7 Pion howitzer. Both weapons are capable of firing nuclear missiles, “something that NATO could have felt on its skin had the Cold War turned hot.”
The Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled Soviet self-propelled mortar was developed to destroy fortifications, personnel and enemy weapons. It entered service in 1972, being used for the first time in the war in Afghanistan.
Artillery is historically considered the most powerful weapon in the Russian army. Speaking about the power of artillery, Soviet leader Josef Stalin said in 1941: “Artillery is the most important weapon of the army. Artillery is the god of modern warfare.”
Meanwhile, on September 26, near the Russian city of Kostroma, tactical training was conducted to verify and improve the interaction of the military in the event of a terrorist attack or any other danger.
The exercises were organized by the Regional Operational Staff of the region to increase the readiness of military response to any emergency situation of a terrorist nature.
This comes as part of a wider effort for Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue his policy of fully modernizing and upgrading the Russian military after it was left for ruins with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.