Crews of the 2S5 Giatsint-S long-range self-propelled guns of the Eastern Military District, stationed in the Amur Region, conducted test firing, using coordinates, provided by Orlan-10 UAVs. In a matter of hours, the drone crews conducted reconnaissance and revealed top priority targets, which required high-precision aiming. The coordinates were transmitted to the artillery crew in real time, allowing for long-range point artillery strikes. The test firing was aimed at targets, imitating enemy command centers and other critical facilities of the alleged enemy, the District’s press service announced Friday.
The 2S5 Giatsint-S (Hyacinth) is a Soviet/Russian 152 mm self-propelled gun. “2S5” is its GRAU designation. It is NBC protected. The 2S5 is capable of engaging targets at longer ranges and at a higher rate of fire than the more widely produced 2S3 Akatsiya 152 mm self-propelled gun, and is capable of firing nuclear projectiles. Production of the 2S5 Giatsint-S started in 1976 along with the towed version the 2A36 Giatsint-B. It uses a chassis modified from the SA-4 Krug surface-to-air missile system with good cross-country mobility, and can carry 30 152 mm rounds with a range of 28 kilometers, or 33-40 kilometers for rocket-assisted projectiles. In addition to high explosives, the gun can also fire HEAT, cluster, smoke and nuclear projectiles.