KUBINKA /Moscow region/, August 27. /TASS/. Production of the latest Floks self-propelled mortar system and Magnolia self-propelled artillery gun could begin in late 2022 and early 2023, the press office of defense manufacturer Uralvagonzavod (part of state-owned technology company Rostec) said. at TASS. International Military-Technical Forum 2021 Friday.
“The serial production of these models [the Floks and Magnolia guns] will begin after the completion of state trials in late 2022 – early 2023, provided that the state customer makes the corresponding decision,” the press office said.
Currently, the prototypes of the 120mm Floks self-propelled wheeled artillery system and the 120mm Magnolia self-propelled artillery gun based on the DT-30PM two-section tracked armored chassis are in the final stages of preliminary testing.
The latest Floks 120mm self-propelled artillery gun is mounted on the Ural-4320 6×6 wheeled armored vehicle. The gun was developed within the framework of R&D work “Nabrosok”. As a main feature, the new self-propelled artillery system carries a combined semi-automatic rifled cannon that can fire all types of mortar shells and projectiles with ready-to-use rifles. The weapon can be used as a howitzer and mortar and can be used for direct fire.
The Magnolia self-propelled artillery system mounted on the DT-30PM two-section armored tracked transporter was developed by the Central Research Institute in Burevestnik as part of the Nabrosok R&D work. In addition to the Magnolia, the family of next-generation artillery guns includes the Drok 82mm self-propelled mortar and the 120mm self-propelled artillery system mounted on the Floks automotive chassis.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Army, Army General Oleg Salyukov, said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper in November 2019 that Russia was completing work under the experimental design work of Nabrosok to develop a family of highly mobile artillery and mortar armaments mounted on different types of chassis, including the systems for their operation in the Arctic region that would increase the mobility and firing capabilities of artillery to the level of the battalion.