Russia’s Rostec Corporation has demonstrated the joint operation of MSTA-S self-propelled howitzer, modernized for NATO-standard 155 mm caliber, and Orlan-10E reconnaissance drone to representatives of a foreign customer.
During the demonstration, the artillery system created by Uraltransmash, a subsidiary of UralVagonZavod under Rostec State Corporation, fired at a maximum range of 40 kilometers and showed excellent coordination capabilities with the UAV.
The demonstration took place at the Staratel training ground in the city of Nizhny Tagil.
“The combat capabilities of the modernized 155 mm self-propelled howitzer 2S19M1-155 were demonstrated to a foreign customer. It fired at a maximum distance of 40 km with laying recovery in automatic mode. MSTA-S has also shown excellent results when used in coordination with a control system and Orlan-10E UAV,” according to the Rostec armaments cluster.
In this mode, Orlan-10E can transfer target coordinates to the control system, which calculates the proper firing arc and sends the data to the crew of the self-propelled howitzer.
According to Army Technology, MSTA-S self-propelled howitzer is designed to defeat unsheltered and covered manpower, weapons, and material to division level. This has been in use with the Russian Army since 1989.
MSTA-S comprises a turret mounted on a tracked armored 6×6 chassis, which has been based on elements of the T-72 and T-80 main battle tanks.
Orlan-10 is a medium-range, multi-purpose UAV developed by the Russian firm Special Technology Center. It can perform a variety of missions including aerial reconnaissance, observation, monitoring, search and rescue, combat training, jamming, detection of radio signals, and target tracking in hard-to-reach terrains.
Air Force Technology reported that while production of the drones began in 2010, Orlan-10 aerial systems were first delivered to the Russian military base in Armenia only in October 2015, to perform aerial reconnaissance in high-mountain areas.