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Belarus Army Updates its Soviet-made Artillery Systems

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Belarusian 2S1 Gvozdika - Illustrative photo from open sources
Belarusian 2S1 Gvozdika - Illustrative photo from open sources

Belarus is modernizing Soviet-made artillery systems, which are in service with its armed forces.

According to theArmy Recognition with reference to Vayar military information agency, it is also changing the system of combat training of its missile and artillery troops, proceeding from experience of the war in Ukraine. This was announced by Colonel Ruslan Chekhov, Missile and Artillery Troops Commander of the Belarusian Armed Forces.

“The experience of the military operation (red. DE - russian-Ukrainian war) in Ukraine confirms that Soviet-made artillery systems, which are in service with the combat arm [missile troops and artillery] such as [self-propelled artillery systems] 2S1 Gvozdika, 2S3 Acatsyia and 2S5 Giatsint; MRLS BM-21 Grad, show very good performance after being modernized. The modernization works are currently underway at defense enterprises in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus,” the Vayar military information agency said.

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Chekhov noted that Belarus was constantly developing forms and methods of using its artillery units. “We have worked through the changes, which we have made to the existing textbooks and instruction manuals on combat employment of missile and artillery troops. Combat training has been arranged in line with the updated provisions,” the agency said.

2S1 Gvozdika - Illustrative photo from open sources
2S1 Gvozdika - Illustrative photo from open sources

Major General Pavel Muraveiko, the First Deputy State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus, said in mid-January that Minsk was closely watching the special aspects of ongoing world conflicts. According to him, the Belarusian “defense agency was studying all those aspects literally step by step” and “was making changes to the practical training of troops rather quickly.”

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said late in October 2022 that the experience of the Russian army in its war against Ukraine had forced Minsk to review its approaches to retooling the armed forces. He also stressed the need to increase the modernization of existing tanks.

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