2B9 Vasilek

The 2B9 Vasilek (Cornflower) is an automatic 82 mm gun-mortar developed in the Soviet Union in 1967. It was based on the F-82 automatic mortar and subsequently fielded in 1970 to the Soviet Army. Unlike conventional mortars, the 2B9 can fire in single and automatic mode using four-round clips. Rounds can be loaded from either the muzzle or the breech. Because of its wheeled carriage, the 2B9 resembles a light artillery piece more than a conventional mortar.

The 2B9 was used in Afghanistan by Soviet units and is still found in Russian airmobile infantry units. In the fighting in Afghanistan, Soviet units found the 2B9 to be a versatile and useful weapon. The 2B9 can fire high-explosive, armor-piercing and smoke shells, as well as flares. The armor-piercing projectile, which weighs 3.1 kg, has a 75 g warhead that can penetrate 100mm of armor. Upon blast, the shell produces 400 to 600 fragments.

By 1988, the 2B9 was also deployed as a self-propelled weapon by mounting the gun-mortar in the rear of an MT-LB armored personnel carrier.

During the Syrian Civil War, the 2B9M Vasilek is used by the Syrian Armed Forces and the Islamist group Ansar al-Sham. The militants used a 2B9M automatic mortar near Mount Chalma, Kesab district.

In 2014, the 2B9 Vasilek was used by Novorossiyan rebels in the War in Donbass.

2B9 Vasilek
Class Manportable
Type Mortars
Manufacturer Bolshevik Factory No. 232 (in Leningrad)
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1970
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) 1970 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Bolshevik Factory No. 232 (in Leningrad) View

Type Gun-mortar
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1970–present
Wars Soviet war in Afghanistan
Syrian Civil War
War in Donbass
Production history
Manufacturer Bolshevik Plant
Weight combat: 632 kg (1,393 lb)
Shell 3.23 kg (7 lb 2 oz) bomb
Caliber 82 mm (3.2 in)
Breech muzzle or breech loaded
Elevation -1° to 85°
Traverse 60°
Rate of fire 100-120 rpm
Muzzle velocity 270 m/s (890 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 4,270 meters
Sights PAM-1 2.5X or 3X

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