The Uralvagonzavod press office has announced that trials of the latest wheeled version of the Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled artillery system based on the Kamaz-6550 truck chassis, have begun at the Burevestnik Central Research Institute (part of Uralvagonzavod defence manufacturer within the state hi-tech corporation Rostec).
"First of all, wheeled vehicles can be used on general-purpose roads. They feature high mobility and large cruising endurance and have very high potential compared to tracked versions," said Burevestnik Chief Designer of the project and Department Head, Vasily Nabatov, to TASS today.
As a result, the wheeled howitzer has turned out to be lighter, more mobile and easier to be transported by aircraft, which expands the range of its missions and the promptness of their fulfilment. The artillery gun’s service life has also been extended, the project’s chief designer said.
"By way of comparison: a tracked vehicle has a service life of about 5,000 km of run before major repairs. For a wheeled vehicle, 5,000 km is actually the completion of its run-in test," he said.
Trials of the latest Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled artillery system will be completed in 2022, as TASS reported.