russia's "Uralvagonzavod" armor plant announced that it had already completed state tests of its 152-mm caliber 2S43 "Malva" wheeled self-propelled howitzer. There is no data on whether a pre-production batch of such self-propelled guns was produced, and there is also no hint on when serial production of the 2С43 "Malva'' will start. This is what the Polish website Defence24 tells.
The 2C43 "Malva" is essentially an attempt by the russians to copy the concept of the French CAESAR self-propelled gun, that is, to create their own artillery piece on a wheeled chassis that will have improved mobility due to limited ammunition stock.
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The main feature of the russian "Malva" is that this SPG is equipped with a 152mm caliber 2A64 gun, which is used on the "Msta-S" self-propelled howitzer and has a firing range of up to 24 kilometers. Therefore, we can immediately confidently say that even if the russians start serial production and deliveries of the 2S43 "Malva" to the troops on Ukrainian fronlines, it will not improve the quality characteristics of the enemy's artillery in any way. Especially in terms of firing range.
Other characteristics: combat mass 32 tons, crew 5 people, ammunition 30 shells of 152 mm caliber, 8×8 wheeled chassis BAZ-6010-027; the cabin is armored, but the level of protection is unknown.