“Lotos” Locomotive Gun Undergoes Preliminary Tests

The self-propelled artillery gun "Lotos" developed by the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TsNIITochMash) of the State Corporation Rostec is undergoing preliminary tests. A combat vehicle for the Airborne Forces will travel over 600 km, fire 300 rounds, and overcome various types of obstacles. 

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The preliminary test program includes more than 80 items, said the Rostec press service. This will make it possible to determine and evaluate the tactical, technical, and operational characteristics of a prototype 120-mm gun, assess compliance with the requirements of the tactical and technical assignment, and develop recommendations for conducting state tests. 

"Lotus" will demonstrate its work in motion, afloat and while landing. Of the 600 km of the run, 50% will be on dirt roads, 30% on cobblestone and gravel roads, and 10% the vehicle will be on impassable roads. The tests will make it possible, among other things, to evaluate the capabilities of the self-propelled gun to overcome various obstacles, ”said Bekkhan Ozdoev, industrial director of Rostec. 

During the firing tests, there will be checks of the maximum and minimum range and accuracy of fire on the ground, accuracy of direct fire, and therate of fire with various types of ammunition.

Self-propelled artillery gun "Lotos" has a mass of no more than 18 tons, maximum speed - 70 km / h, engine power - 450 hp, cruising range not less than 500 km. The combat crew consists of 4 people. Rate of fire - 6-8 rounds per minute. The firing range is up to 13 km. 

The combat vehicle is created on a chassis that is unified in terms of components and assemblies with the BMD-4M. It is equipped with a fighting compartment with a 120-mm gun with a high degree of automation of preparation and firing operations.

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