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Smart munitions hold the key for Derivatsiya

19th February 2021 - 10:00 GMT | by Alex Orlov in Moscow

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The tactical role of 2S38 Derivatsiya-PVO may be diminished unless guided or programmable munitions can be successfully integrated.

Development and testing is underway of ‘smart’ ammunition for the 2S38 Derivatsiya-PVO self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG), according to manufacturer Uralvagonzavod (UVZ).

However, the tactical role of the weapon system still appears slightly ill-defined and much depends on the successful introduction of the new ammunition. Failure would leave Derivatsiya reliant on conventional 57mm high-explosive and AP rounds, thereby limiting its air defence capabilities.

In this case, the SPAAG would fulfil a direct fire support role closer to that of the German Begleitepanzer 57, which was planned in the 1970s but not developed due to lack of demand.

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