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Ukrainian Soldiers Show the Rare 2B16 Nona-K Hybrid Artillery Gun in Action (Video)

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2B16 Nona-K of Ukrainian forces fires on russian positions, November 2023 / Screenshot credit: 92nd Assault Brigade
2B16 Nona-K of Ukrainian forces fires on russian positions, November 2023 / Screenshot credit: 92nd Assault Brigade

This weapon combines the capabilities of a mortar and a howitzer

Press service of the 92nd Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine recently released a compelling video showcasing the 2B16 Nona-K in combat, a relatively rare towed artillery system.

In the video, members of the artillery squad say they used to serve in a mortar battery, where they provided fire support for Ukrainian infantry, until they got reassigned to a howitzer battery.

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Currently, their new role is to protect Ukrainian positions from small russian infantry groups and vehicles or "catch" the russians during undergo rotations, when they become especially vulnerable.

Reports suggest that at the onset of the russian full-scale invasion, the Ukrainian army possessed only two Nona-K artillery systems, plus up to 8 more could have been captured in battles against the russian invaders. The last time Nona-K was spotted in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was in May 2022.

2B16 Nona-K in service with the 92nd Assault Brigade, November 2023
2B16 Nona-K in service with the 92nd Assault Brigade, November 2023 / Screenshot credit: 92nd Assault Brigade

On the other hand, the russian army currently retains 85 Nona-K guns (down from 100 in 2021), and 24 more belong to the russian navy, according to The Military Balance 2023.

The 2B16 Nona-K artillery system's specifications are: 120mm caliber, typical for Soviet mortar systems, weight 1.2 tons, requires a crew of 5 people, and has a maximum attack range of up to 12.8 kilometers (~80 miles).

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