Belarus army updates its Soviet-made artillery systems

Belarus is modernizing Soviet-made artillery systems, which are in service with its armed forces. It is also changing the system of combat training of its missile and artillery troops, proceeding from experience of the war in Ukraine, the Vayar military information agency said citing Colonel Ruslan Chekhov, Missile and Artillery Troops Commander of the Belarusian Armed Forces.
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Belarusian 2S1 Gvozdika firing its 122mm gun (Picture source: Belarus MoD)

“The experience of the military operation 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.

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.

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.

Artillery units of the Belarus-Russia regional military force are participating in combat shakedown events, the press service of the Belarusian Defense Ministry told BelTA news agency. According to the source, on 13 January, artillery units of the 11th Independent Mechanized Brigade were getting ready to carry out missions within the framework of joint combat shakedown events of the Belarus-Russia regional military force.