Russia’s newest Arctic artillery complex, called “Magnolia,” has begun mass production.

Magnolia’s development was first announced in 2017, with its technical details revealed in late 2019 when Russian Army Commander-in-Chief Army General Oleg Salyukov said in an interview that Russia was wrapping up work on its Nabrosok experimental design, which would develop a family of highly mobile artillery and mortar armaments mounted on various types of chassis. Two years later, the state-owned Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer confirmed the timeline for the mass production of the next-generation Russian artilleries at the Army-2021 International Military-Technical Forum.

“The mass production of these models [the Floks and Magnolia artilleries] will begin after the completion of the state trials in late 2022 – early 2023, provided that the state customer makes the corresponding decision,” the Uralvagonzavod press office said.

During the forum, prototypes of the Magnolia were displayed alongside another recent Russian war machine, the Floks self-propelled wheeled artillery system. At that time, both of these prototypes were at their final stage of preliminary trials.

According to the technical specifications leaked, Magnolia is a 120mm self-propelled artillery gun based on the DT-30PM two-section tracked armored chassis. The Burevestnik Central Research Institute developed its next-generation artillery gun under the Nabrosok experimental program. The machine can perform various tasks – specializing in remote, difficult climatic conditions areas like the wetlands in the Far North, the harsh Arctic environment, and the isolated parts of Siberia.

(Screenshot from Military Leaks)

Magnolia also includes a cannon mounted on a two-link tracked all-terrain vehicle called the DT-10PM Vityaz, which has a capacity of about 11 tons and weighs about 30 tons, and is powered by an 800 horsepower B-46 5C diesel engine, allowing the platform to reach top speeds of 45 km/h on land and up to 6 km/h when overcoming water barriers, with a battery range of up to 700 km.

Furthermore, the artillery complex’s rear hull was outfitted with a 120mm rifled semi-automatic gun 2A80, a cannon with the combined power of a howitzer gun and mortar, and an overall design that allows its “gunners to perform a circular horizontal pickup as well as elevate the gun barrel at an angle ranging from negative five to 80 degrees.” For specific assaults, it can chamber a Kitolov-2M precision-guided munition and is compatible with other Soviet/Russian-made munitions such as High-explosive anti-tank (HEAT), High explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG), and smoke munitions.

According to reports, Magnolia’s cannon can fire high-explosive fragmentation projectiles up to 8.5 km away, and the range can be extended to 10 km when guided rockets are used. Subsequently, the fire rate is ten rounds/min with an ammo load of 80. What’s more, the new artillery system is said to be capable of firing ammunition and anti-tank guided missiles and performing air defense and electronic warfare.