The A-222 Bereg (Russian: Ð‘ÐµÑ€ÐµÐ³; “Coast”) is a Russian 130 mm self-propelled coastal artillery gun, which was developed in the 1980s and first shown to the public in 1993 at an arms fair in Abu Dhabi. A-222E Bereg 130mm coastal mobile artillery system is designed to destroy/suppress enemy surface ships/military vessels. As of 2003, the only operator of the system was the 40th BRAP at the Russian Navy base in Novorossiysk, part of the Black Sea Fleet.
The Bereg artillery system consists of one command and control vehicle (CPU), a combat support vehicle (MOBD) and up to six weapon systems (SAU). All of them are mounted on 8Ã—8 wheeled all-terrain vehicles providing excellent mobility. The AK-130 gun is mounted on a wheeled MAZ-543 8Ã—8 vehicle and was designed to engage surface ships and fast attack boats as well as ground targets. It is capable of engaging targets within 1â€“2 minutes and can fire up to 12 shots per minute. The system can effectively engage highspeed (up to 200 knots) moving sea and ground targets. System employed to defense naval bases, friendly land forces and shore-based installations from attacks of enemy ships and to repel enemy amphibious forces, to protect offshore sea lines, as well as to guard of anchorages and straits.
The fire control system includes a radar, TV/optical station with laser rangefinder, surveillance and target detection/designation sight, digital computer providing calculation of firing data for four targets and simultaneous engagement of two targets in active countermeasures environment. Self-propelled guns can deliver fire by remote commands from the central post, or in the self-contained mode (using their optical sight). The gun is loaded semi-automatically with complete rounds. The guns can fire rounds with HE projectiles (a base fuse), and ÐÐ projectiles (a nose fuse), as well as drill and dummy rounds. Electric power is supplied by two diesel generators based on duty support vehicles. Fuel tank capacity is sufficient for the system to operate in the self-contained mode for seven days.