Techmash Concern (part of Rostec) is developing a concept for a new 152 mm correctable artillery projectile. Its key feature is trajectory correction in the final stage of flight, i.e., immediately after firing, the ammunition piece will move ballistically, like a conventional projectile, but in the vicinity of the target, it will use its own control system to correct its trajectory.
“It is a new 152 mm correctable projectile for artillery of that caliber. It is difficult to build a control system into ammunition of this type due to the high dynamic loads that the projectile undergoes at the moment of firing, while it is spinning within the barrel bore and during the flight,” said Alexander Kochkin (photo), Deputy CEO of Techmash.
“At a spin rate as high as 30,000 revolutions per second, optics do not work - the picture is blurred. We are considering several ways to correct the projectile trajectory in the final stage, including aerodynamic surfaces on the fuse and mini jet engines,” he added.
Now design specifications and general outline of the new projectile are being developed. The design does not have a name yet. The new projectile should fall in the middle price range - cheaper than guided projectiles like the Krasnopol type, but more expensive than conventional projectiles.
“Rostec pays special attention to developing and producing high tech products and promoting them on the international market. I am sure the new correctable projectiles that are being developed by Techmash will interest our foreign partners in a number of countries, including the Middle East,” said Sergey Abramov, Industrial Director of the cluster of conventional weapons, ammunition and special chemistry at Rostec.
Rostec is implementing a large-scale Armament Cluster Development program, with an approved Strategy targeting 17% annual revenue growth in rubles by 2025 while improving operational efficiency and entering the global market.
Rostec is a Russian State Corporation that was established in 2007 to facilitate the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civilian and military applications.
The Corporation comprises over 700 organizations that are currently part of eleven holding companies operating in the military-industrial complex and three holding companies working in civilian industry, as well as over 80 directly managed organizations.
Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Concern Kalashnikov, Russian Helicopters, UralVagonZavod, etc. Rostec companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to the markets of more than 100 countries.
In 2017 the consolidated revenue of Rostec reached 1 trillion 589 billion rubles, while the consolidated net income and EBITDA amounted to 121 and 305 billion rubles respectively. In 2017 the average salary in the Corporation was 46,800 rubles.
According to Rostec’s strategy, the main objective of the Corporation is to ensure that Russia has a technological advantage in highly competitive global markets. Rostec's key objectives include the introduction of a new techno-economic paradigm and digitalization of Russian economy.