152 mm howitzer 2A65

The 2A65 "Msta-B" is a Soviet towed 152 mm howitzer. The "B" in the designation is an abbreviation for Buksiruemyi, or towed. This weapon has been fielded in Russian forces since at least 1987 and is currently in service with Russian front and army level artillery units. The 2A65 howitzer, like many pieces of modern artillery, is capable of firing nuclear artillery shells.

152 mm howitzer 2A65
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Motovilikha Plants
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1987
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) 1987 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Motovilikha Plants 1987 View

In addition to the towed 152 mm 2A36 gun covered in detail in a separate entry, Russia also deployed a new 152 mm towed howitzer, designated the 2A65, which was allocated the NATO designation of the M1987. This was the year that the weapon was first identified by Western intelligence. According to United Nations sources there were no exports of this weapon between 1992 and 2006. The 152 mm 2A65 is also referred to as the MSTA-B and the weapon forms the main armament of the 152 mm self-propelled artillery system, the 2S19, which is also referred to as the MSTA-S. Full details of the latter are given in a separate entry. In the designation MSTA-B the latter stands for Buksiruemyi, or towed.

Type Howitzer
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1987 – present
Used by see Operators
Wars War in Donbass
Production history
Designer Central Design Bureau Titan
Designed 1976 – 1986
Manufacturer Motovilikha Plants
Produced 1987 – present
Variants see Variants
Weight Combat: 6,800 kg (15,000 lb)
Crew 6–11
Shell OF45 (High explosive)
Caliber 152.4 mm (6.00 in)
Carriage Split trail
Elevation -3.5° to +70°
Traverse 28°
Rate of fire 8 (burst)
1 (sustained)
Muzzle velocity 828 m/s (2,720 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 28.9 km (18.0 mi)

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