Rostec has handed over to Russian troops the first batch of ‘Dork’ 2S41 self-propelled (SP) mortar that enables soldiers to fire on the move without leaving the armored vehicle.
The experimental batch of SP mortar is mounted atop a ‘Typhoon’ armored vehicle and can fire 10 rounds a minute at a distance that is 1.5 time more than that of the standard 2B14 ‘tray’ mortar, Rostec said in a release today.
The ‘Drok’ is an 82-mm mortar module on the chassis of a 4x4 Typhoon armored vehicle. The gun is mounted in an armored turret, the vehicle is equipped with mechanized guidance drives and a modern fire control system, which eases the work of the crew.
The transition from mobility to combat takes less than a minute which helps to quickly evade enemy fire and increases the safety of the crew.
In addition, the Drok is equipped with a remotely controlled weapon station with a circular rotation machine gun and an optical-electronic sight, as well as an additional 2B24 portable mortar, which can be used on foot outside the vehicle.
The digital system provides the self-propelled mortar with both secure information interaction with control vehicles and the possibility of autonomous operation.
“The ‘Dork’ armored vehicle has anti-bullet and anti-mine protection and has maneuverability, which allows you to quickly move away from enemy fire. Its purpose is the destruction of manpower and lightly armored targets, blinding observation posts, illuminating territories and creating smoke screens,” said Bekhan Ozdoev, industrial director of the armaments, ammunition and special chemistry cluster of Rostec.
Earlier, Russia has experimented with a mortar mounted on a 'Tiger' high mobility vehicle