| 13 July 2024, Saturday |

Russia to deploy new howitzers near border with Finland, Norway

The head of Rostec, the Russian state defense conglomerate, revealed plans to deploy the latest howitzers to the Northern Military District, situated alongside Finland and Norway. Sergei Chemezov stated that the testing phase for the new Coalition-SV self-propelled artillery units has concluded, and their large-scale production has commenced, as mentioned in his interview with the state RIA news agency.
The first pilot batch will be delivered by the end of 2023, he said.

“I think they will appear there (in the Northern Military District) soon, since howitzers of this class are needed to provide an advantage over Western artillery models in terms of firing range,” Chemezov said.

In 2021, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin changed the status of the Russian Northern Fleet, whose zone of responsibility was chiefly the Russian Arctic, to the Northern Military District, incorporating into it also the Murmansk region, which shares borders with Finland and Norway.

Since launching a full-scale invasion in Ukraine in February 2022, Moscow has accused “the collective West” of staging a proxy war with Russia and warned that Moscow will build up forces at its western borders following Finland’s accession to the US-led NATO alliance.

Earlier in December, Russia’s TASS state news agency reported that single Coalition-SV howitzers had already been deployed to the frontline in Ukraine.

The howitzers, with a range of up to 70 kilometers (44 miles), are equipped with a modern 2A88 cannon of 152 mm caliber with a firing rate of more than 10 rounds per minute, as well as a modern system for automating the processes of gun pointing, target selection and navigation, according to TASS.

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