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Russia deploys 2S43 Malva to Kharkiv offensive

12th June 2024 - 15:40 GMT | by Sam Cranny-Evans in London


Russia has deployed its newest self-propelled howitzer, the 2S43 Malva, on combat operations in Ukraine. The image shows an earlier iteration, which can be differentiated from the Malva observed in Ukraine by the presence of a fume extractor. (Photo: Russian MoD)

Based upon an 8x8 truck chassis, the upgraded Malva has an operational range of 1,000km and an on-road speed 25% faster than tracked 2S19 Msta-S SPHs.

Russian forces fighting in the Kharkiv Oblast have deployed the 2S43 Malva 152mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) into combat for the first time, according to 2 June social media posts and an article released on 5 June by the Russian news outlet

The 2S43 was shown conducting a target engagement in the Volchansk region of the Karkhiv oblast in a video released on Telegram. The howitzer and crew were kept some distance from their firing points and only left their bed down position upon receiving a fire mission, the soldiers interviewed by said. They were engaging

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Sam Cranny-Evans


Sam Cranny-Evans

Sam is a freelance defence analyst and consultant, as well as a RUSI Associate Fellow. …

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