​Ukraine’s General Staff: Russia Redeployed its Nuclear Capable 2S4 Tyulpan Heavy Mortars Closer to Izium

The 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortar in addition to the high explosive rounds can also fire chemical, neutron and tactical nuclear rounds
The 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortar in addition to the high explosive rounds can also fire chemical, neutron and tactical nuclear rounds

As before, the enemy wants to "compensate" its failures on the fronts of the Ukrainian-russian war by intensifying shelling with heavy artillery systems - including shelling of Ukrainian cities, towns and villages

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in its operational report as of 18:00 pm on May 3, 2022, stated that to support their troops in the Izium direction, the Russians redeployed a unit of "Tornado" multiple rocket launchers and a battery of 240 mm 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortars.

The 2S4 Tyulpan designs is based on the GM-123 chassis carrying an externally mounted M-240 240 mm breech-loading mortar on the rear of the hull, Defense Express
The 2S4 Tyulpan designs is based on the GM-123 chassis carrying an externally mounted M-240 240 mm breech-loading mortar on the rear of the hull

This is only the second mention in open sources during the war that the enemy is using the Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortars in the course of hostilities against units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Prior to that, there were mentions that Azovstal plant in Mariupol was sheled by russia’s Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortars.

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It is known from open sources that there are 40 units of 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortars in the armed forces of the russian federation, another 250 such a units are in storage.

The 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortar  in deployed position, Defense Express
The 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortar in deployed position

The 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortar has a range of 9,650 meters using standard high-explosive rounds, but a range of 20,000 meters using extended range munition. In addition to the high explosive rounds, it can also fire armor-piercing, laser-guided and cluster munitions, as well as chemical, neutron and tactical nuclear rounds.

The 2S4 Tyulpan designs is based on the GM-123 chassis carrying an externally mounted M-240 240 mm breech-loading mortar on the rear of the hull. The 2S4 uses an autoloader of sort. It has two automated drum-type magazines, capable of holding up to 40 standard high-explosive rounds or 20 long range rocket-assisted rounds.

The 2S4 is breech loaded with the tube in horizontal, Defense Express
The 2S4 is breech loaded with the tube in horizontal

The Russians' transfer of 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled heavy mortar to the Izium area can be interpreted as follows: the enemy is experiencing new failures on the fronts and trying to "compensate" for its losses by shelling Ukrainian cities, towns and villages.

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