Ukraine Destroyed Two Giatsint-S Howitzers And Captured Five Howitzers With Ammo From Fleeing Russians

Ukrainian 44th Separate Artillery Brigade destroyed the Russian 2S5 self-propelled artillery system in eastern Ukraine.

The footage released by the Ukrainian military appears to show the 2S5 Giatsint (Hyacinth) 152 mm self-propelled howitzer being hit by Ukrainian ordnance. A large explosion ensues, with smoke rising into the air.

The 2S5 self-propelled gun 2S5 is an unturreted gun mounted on a six-road wheeled tracked chassis similar to that of the 152-mm self-propelled howitzer 2S3.

The captured 152mm self-propelled guns were in operational condition. Therefore, they fell into the hands of Ukrainian gunners with Russian ammunition. The 152mm Giatsint-S self-propelled gun has an open top.

Захоплені на Харківщині 2С5 «Гиацинт-С» військових Росії. Вересень 2022. Україна. Фото з соцмереж
The 2S5 Giatsint-S ACS of the Russian military was captured in the Kharkiv region. October 2022. Ukraine. Photo from social media

The gun is designed to conduct counter-battery warfare, destroy firing points and field fortification, self-propelled guns and enemy tanks. The maximum firing range is 27,000 meters when using conventional ammunition (some sources indicate different data — 28,400 meters).

The 2S5 Giatsint is fitted with a turretless 152 mm/L54 gun. This gun is completed with a load-assisting system. The maximum rate of fire is 5 – 6 rounds per minute.

The Giatsint fires ordinary and rocket-assisted HE-FRAG projectiles, HEAT, cluster, and smoke projectiles. The maximum range of fire with an ordinary HE-FRAG projectile is 28.4 km, and up to 33 km with a rocket-assisted projectile.

Some sources claim that the 2S5 is capable of firing 0.1-2 kT nuclear projectiles. The full ammunition load consists of 60 rounds, however, only 30 of them are carried by the Giatsint. Other rounds are carried by the re-supply vehicle. It takes 2 minutes to prepare this artillery system for firing.

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