On December 30, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV released a video of the recent tests of the newest 2S38 Derivatsiya anti-aircraft system and 4S21 Drok 82 mm self-propelled mortar sytem. Burevestnik unveiled Derivatsiya and the Drok 82 mm in the Nizhny Novgorod region. JSC CRI Central Scientific Research Institute Burevestnik is a Russian arms industry company and major designer of artillery systems based in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. It is part of Uralvagonzavod, one of the largest scientific and industrial complexes in Russia and the largest main battle tank manufacturer in the world.
The 2S38 Derivatsiya-PVO is a new self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) system being developed upon the BMP-3M infantry fighting vehicle chassis and armed with a 57-mm automatic anti-aircraft gun with an array of passive electro-optical (EO) sensors to engage a wide array of airborne threats at close to short ranges. The system is designed to defeat unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles, air-to-ground missiles, tactical aviation jets and military helicopters. The 2S38 Derivatsiya is also capable of intercepting rockets launched by rocket and misisle artillery systems.
The BMP-3M is an upgraded version of the BMP-3 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), offers improved combat efficiency for the ground forces. It features superior fire power and protection over its predecessor developed by Kurganmashzavod. The BMP-3M amphibious vehicle is powered by a new four-stroke, ten-cylinder UTD-32T advanced turbocharged diesel engine, which generates a power output of 600hp. The propulsion system provides a maximum speed of 70km/h on roads, a top speed of 10km/h on water, and a cruising range of 600km. The vehicle can conduct combat missions under various climatic conditions in temperatures ranging from -50 up to +50°C.
The 4S21 Drok is a new wheeled self-propelled mortar based on the 4×4 chassis of Taifun K-4386 mine-resistant protected patrol vehicle. Drok is equipped with an 82 mm mortar with a maximum range of 6,000 m and a minimum range of 100 m. The mortar has a maximum firing rate of 12 rounds per minute and has a full complement of 40 mortar bombs. The mortar turret offers sufficient depression for use in the direct-fire role, which provides further engagement options for close-range targets. The Drok is is armed with a 7.62mm machine gun and protected against the firing of small arms or shell splinters.