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152-mm 2S3 Akatsiya

Country of Origin: Russia


The 152-mm 2S3 Akatsiya (Acacia) (NATO: M1973/SO-152) is a heavy-caliber, tracked self-propelled howitzer similar in appearance to the U.S. 155-mm M109 self-propelled gun.

The 2S3 has an all-welded steel hull based on the chassis of the SA-4 Ganef air defense vehicle, but with one less pair of road wheels. The first and second road wheels on each side are more widely spaced than the last four pairs to attain more springing under the heavy turret. On the forward part of the glacis...

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