Russia shows the use of forgotten 203mm Pion artillery in Ukraine
MOSCOW ($1=63.36 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation shared a video on its Telegram channel on the deployment and use of a forgotten Soviet heavy artillery – 2S7 Pion, also known as Malka.
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“The gunners destroyed equipped firing positions and observation posts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces located in the forest. The artillery was guided by drones,” the message said. The crews of the artillery gun used high-explosive shells up to 30 kilometers away, and after the shootings, the artillery battery was moved to a reserve position so that it would not be detected by Ukrainian intelligence.
The 2S7 Pion is a self-propelled howitzer from the Soviet era. Although it entered service in 1976, the artillery has documented involvement in not many conflicts, mostly near the Russian border. 2S7 Pion is shrouded in mystery, as there is no official information about the units produced by it – some say 200, others 500, others 1,000 units.
1990 2S7 Pion not produced. However, it is still in service in some countries, mainly in the former Soviet bloc or in close relations with Moscow, such as Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, North Korea, and Uzbekistan. The 2S7 Pion is in service in Ukraine as well. Ukrainian 2S7 Pion was not in working order, but after the start of the war, some were restored and used by the Ukrainian army. It is alleged that Kyiv has a total of 99 units of armaments.
The 2S7 Pion weighs just over 46 tons. The howitzer is 10.5 meters long, just over 3 meters high, and exactly 3 meters wide. The 2S7 Pion is operated by a crew of 14. One 2S7 Pion projectile weighs between 103 and 110 kg. The gun has a caliber of 203 mm and has a range between 30 and 48 km. The speed that the projectile reaches the moment it leaves the barrel of the cannon (muzzle velocity) is very high – nearly 960 m / s.
The 2S7 Pion is a powerful self-propelled howitzer. It is mainly designed for rugged and difficult terrain – roads and plots that most armored vehicles would not be able to handle. The howitzer is powered by a 12-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine providing 840-850 horsepower. The suspension is a torsion bar type. The maximum speed is 50 km / h, and with a tank full of fuel it travels a distance of 650 km.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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