Russia’s new secret weapon: Self-propelled artillery system Lotus. New Russian weapons

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Russia’s new secret weapon: Self-propelled artillery system Lotus. New Russian weapons
The serial production of new self-propelled artillery gun Lotus is to start in 2020.

New Lotus vehicles are to roll across Red Square on Victory Day on May 9 2019. The new development of the Russian defence industry can operate like a common howitzer, but it can also destroy targets with high-trajectory fire, like a mortar.

The Lotus is produced with the use of elements of low-frequency electronic stealth technology to make it less conspicuous on the battlefield. The Lotus vehicle is also equipped with a digital fire control system.

The prospective 120-mm Lotos gun is designed to replace the Nona-S self-propelled gun for units of airborne forces and naval infantry. Design features of the vehicle remain classified.

However, the Russian Technologies Corporation has exposed a few details about the performance of the new system.

– The maximum firing range reaches 13 km;

– The targeted rate of fire – 6-8 shots per minute;

– The weight makes up 18 tons;

– The maximum speed – up to 70 km/h.

The Lotus vehicle can be transported on board military transport aircraft, from where it can be parachuted down for landing operations.

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