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2S23 Nona

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Self-propelled mortar

  • ORIGIN
    USSR

  • NICKNAMES
    Nona-SVK

  • DESIGNED
    1981 - late 1980's

  • DESIGNER
    Motovilikha

  • PRODUCTION
    1984 (prototype)
    1990 - present (series production)

  • PRODUCERS
    Russia - Motovilikha

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Less costly than 2S9 Anona
    Direct fire capability
    Good mobility
    Limited ammunition capacity

Introduction

The 2S23 Nona is a self-propelled mortar of Russian origin. It was developed in the late 1980’s as a more mobile and less costly alternative to the 2S9 Anona. It is to support troops with both direct and indirect fire.

Layout

The 2S23 is based on the widely used BTR-80 chassis. It features a modified 2S9 Anona turret with a breech loaded gun/mortar of comparable design. The chassis differs from the BTR-80 in having no firing ports and the side doors have been removed.

Firepower

The 2S23 is able to provide both direct and indirect fire with its breech loaded smoothbore 120mm 2A60 gun/mortar. The maximum range is 9 km with standard rounds and 12.8 km with rocket assisted rounds. Armored vehicles can be engaged using a dedicated anti-tank HEAT round out to 1 km. Only 30 120mm rounds are carried. A 7.62mm PK machine gun is mounted on the turret roof for self-defense.

Protection

The steel armor protects the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters all around and from 12.7mm rounds over the frontal arc. An NBC system is standard and six smoke grenade launchers are fitted to the turret.

Mobility

The 8x8 chassis provides good mobility on roads and off road. Compared to the 2S9 Anona the 2S23 is faster and more fuel efficient, but is less capable in the field. Even though the large turret makes the 2S23 less stable it retains the amphibious capability.

Users

The 2S23 is only used by Russian forces with several dozen in service. It is used by the army, naval infantry and airborne troops.

Variants

2S23 Nona

The 2S23 Nona is produced only in one version. It is easily identified by its BTR-80 chassis in combination with large turret with 120mm gun/mortar.

TypeSelf-propelled mortar
Crew4 (commander, driver, gunner, loader)
Length7.40 m
Width2.90 m
Height2.50 m
Ground clearance0.48 m
Weight14.5 t combat load
Ground pressure?
WheelbaseWheeled chassis, 8x8, 13.00 x18 tires, 2.41 m track
Turn radius7 m
EngineV8 diesel, 260 hp
Power ratio17.9 hp/t
TransmissionManual, 5 forward, 1 reverse
Speed80 km/h on road, 10 km/h in water
Fuel290 L
Range600 km on road
Wall0.5 m
Trench2 m
Gradient60% gradient, 30% slope
FordingAmphibious
ArmorSteel
NBC equipmentYes
Night visionYes
Smoke2x3 smoke grenade dischargers
Remarks-
Armament120mm 2A60 gun-mortar
7.62mm PKM machine gun
Weapon1120mm 2A60 gun-mortar in turret
30 rounds
-4 to +80 degrees elevation, -35 to +35° traverse
Weapon27.62mm PKM machine gun on turret roof
500 rounds
manual traverse and elevation
non-stabilized
Weapon3-
Weapon4-
Weapon5-
Weapon6-

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