Ukraine Deploys 2S22 Bohdana 3.0 Artillery Against Russian Forces

According to a tweet by Praise The Steph on September 3, 2023, the Ukrainian 1st Separate Brigade of Special Purpose has deployed the new 2S22 Bohdana 3.0 into active service. This updated version of the 2S22 Bohdana is mounted on a Czech Tatra 815-7 chassis and features a Puma armored cab manufactured by the Czech company Excalibur Army. The Ukrainian army has now at least 4 Bohdana in three variants (1.0, 2.0, and 3.0), each with its own 6×6 truck chassis.

This deployment has been unveiled by a TV report by Ukraine’s “5 channel” on September 2, 2023. The report focuses on accounts from gunner officers involved in the conflict, highlighting that despite receiving foreign weaponry and military equipment, the Ukrainian armed forces continue to demonstrate their reliance on domestically produced items. This is particularly evident in their satisfaction with the Bohdana 3.0, which plays a role in ongoing battles and underscores Ukraine’s self-sufficiency and military capabilities.

The base on the 3.0 variant, the Tatra 815-7 (Force), has been in production since 2008, with various configurations available, including 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, and 10×10, and additional chassis options like 10×8, 12×12, and 12×8. The Tatra 815-7 chassis serves as the base for several military vehicles, including the Ukrainian Bureviya 220 mm MLRS, Excalibur International’s Khan Tactical Ballistic Missile System, and the French Nexter Titus MRAV.

Technical specifications of the Tatra 815-7 include an air-cooled, turbocharged Tatra T3C-928-90 V8 engine with a displacement of 12,667 cc, capable of delivering 402 hp at 1,800 rpm and generating a peak torque of 2,100 Nm at 1,000 rpm. It can achieve a top speed of 115 km/h, has a fuel tank capacity of 420 liters, a cruising range of 750 km, and can handle an angle of approach/departure of 45°/42°, along with a fording depth capability of 1.5 meters.

The Bohdana 3.0’s Puma L2 Long cabin is a component of the Puma armored cabin family developed and produced by the Czech company Excalibur Army for the Tatra Force chassis series. This cabin can accommodate up to five occupants within its four-door setup and provides Level 2 ballistic protection in line with STANAG 4569 standards. Inside, the cabin features a digital dashboard equipped with two display units and an infotainment system developed by Excalibur. This system is adaptable for potential integration with other subsystems, allowing control over various superstructures and functions from within the cabin. Additionally, for those who prefer a more traditional setup, the cabin can be equipped with a standard analog dashboard from Tatra Trucks.

The 2S22 Bohdana, in all its iterations, is a 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer based on a 6×6 truck chassis, similar in design to the French CAESAR, Russian 2S43 Malva, and Israeli ATMOS wheeled self-propelled howitzers. The vehicle was designed and developed in Ukraine according to NATO standards, including the gun control system and the truck carrier. The layout features an armored cabin at the front and the artillery gun system at the rear, offering protection against small arms fire and artillery shell fragments, and accommodating up to five crew members.

The primary armament of the 2S22 Bohdana comprises a single 155mm NATO standard cannon positioned at the rear of the truck chassis, capable of firing High-explosive incendiary/armor-piercing ammunition (HEIAP) with a range of 35 to 40 km and Rocket-assisted projectile (RAP) with a range of 45 to 60 km. It can achieve a maximum rate of fire of 6 rounds per minute, with the truck capable of carrying a total of 20 rounds of ammunition and associated charges stored in boxes located on each side of the truck chassis.

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