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Russian artillery units in Ukraine use enhanced version of Krasnopol laser-guided ammunition

In a significant advancement for its artillery capabilities, the Russian defense industry has announced the deployment of an enhanced version of the Krasnopol laser-guided artillery ammunition in Ukraine. This new version has a maximum firing range of 25 km, a substantial increase that is set to bolster the effectiveness of Russian artillery units currently operating in Ukraine. The firing range of the previous version of the Krasnopol was limited to 20 km.
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New Russian-made laser-guided artillery ammunition Krasnopol-M2. (Picture source Vitaly Kuzmin)

Artillery has long been a cornerstone of military strategy, and Russia's latest move underscores its commitment to maintaining a technological edge in modern warfare. The upgraded Krasnopol projectile is designed for precision, capable of striking tanks and fortifications with remarkable accuracy.

Originally compatible with the latest 152 mm Russian artillery systems, such as the 2A65 Msta-B field howitzer and the 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, the Krasnopol has seen a series of enhancements since its inception. Even Soviet-era artillery systems like the 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer and the D-20 152mm towed howitzer were retrofitted to fire guided shells.

The latest version of the Krasnopol is a testament to the meticulous engineering of Russian specialists, particularly those from the Instrument Engineering Design Bureau, who have fine-tuned the munition's combat capabilities. Announced earlier in August by High Precision Complexes, these improvements have now been realized on the battlefield.

Equipped with a semi-active laser guidance system, the Krasnopol projectile hones in on a target illuminated by a laser beam, adjusting its trajectory mid-flight using aerodynamic fins. This system ensures a near-perfect strike, with a deviation of no more than two meters from the target, making it a formidable tool for the Russian army.

The deployment of this advanced ammunition is expected to have significant implications on the ground in Ukraine, where precision artillery has become a pivotal element of the ongoing conflict. With its enhanced range and accuracy, the new Krasnopol may indeed reshape the dynamics of artillery warfare in the region.

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