As you can see, the gun is installed openly, and the crew numbers, in particular the gunner, now raised to a height of about two meters, are even more vulnerable to bullets and shrapnel than before, because this tracked vehicle is going to be used for direct fire.
This is a strange decision, given that the low profile of the towed Rapier has always been considered a great advantage, thanks to which it is well camouflaged in the terrain.
It is very interesting how long such self-propelled guns will last in the course of a real battle with the use of tanks with powerful 125-mm long-range guns and multi-layered armor reinforced with anti-projectile built-in dynamic protection. Together with them, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers with small-caliber rapid-fire automatic guns also operate. Do not forget about the “Terminators”, providing support to the “seventy-second” and “eighties”.
By all indications, this “novelty” is simply doomed to rapid destruction. This, apparently, is understood by the militants themselves, who demonstrated their craft at a training ground located far from the line of contact – it has not yet appeared on the front line.
It is interesting that in the Soviet Union forty-six years ago they began to create a tank destroyer – a self-propelled gun 2S15 Norov. The self-propelled guns were made on the basis of the 2S1 Gvozdika. A 100-mm gun was mounted in a rotating fully armored turret, according to some reports, which had much in common with that used on the MT-12.
The main feature of this development was a radar sight, which made it possible, in conditions of limited visibility, to detect targets at a distance of up to 3000 meters. The creation of self-propelled guns dragged on for almost a decade. At this time, the potential enemy had tanks of the third generation, for which the “Norov” was only partially fit. So the topic was closed.
In the Armed Forces of Ukraine, after a few decades, they returned to what was recognized in the USSR as an unpromising direction, and it looks like a parody of a half-century-old car.
Source: Российская газета by rg.ru.
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