TechUkraine's 2S22 Bogdana: From Battlefield Symbol to Russian Target

Ukraine's 2S22 Bogdana: From Battlefield Symbol to Russian Target

2S22 Bogdana destroyed by the Russians
2S22 Bogdana destroyed by the Russians
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5:04 PM EDT, May 14, 2024

Ukrainian 2S22 Bogdana, a hallmark of the local arms industry, has long evaded capture by the Russians. However, the tide has changed dramatically, with three units being destroyed by the invaders within a week. But what is the 2S22 Bogdana, and why is it significant?

Introduced in 2018 after development in 2016, the 2S22 Bogdana represents a potent symbol of the conflict. Due to pressures from Russian aggression, Ukraine initially relied on a single prototype. It deployed it in operations such as the liberation of Snake Island. Its performance was compelling enough to kickstart mass production, leading to several enhanced versions.

The role of 2S22 Bogdana in the Ukrainian forces

The Ukrainian military now benefits from a steady supply of 2S22 Bogdana units, produced several at a time each month. These howitzers use 155 mm caliber projectiles, aligning with NATO standard ammunition for similar weaponry.

With standard ammunition, the 2S22 Bogdana can hit targets up to 22 miles away, extending to 37 miles using rocket-assisted projectiles. Its firing rate is impressive: six rounds per minute. Originally mounted on a 6x6 chassis, newer models have upgraded to an 8x8 drivetrain chassis from Czech Tatra trucks, featuring enhancements like automated loading mechanisms and armored cabins.

The Russian tactic against Ukrainian howitzers

Reports in February detailed the first successful strike by the Russians on a 2S22 Bogdana, courtesy of a drone attack. Since then, the conflict has destroyed three more units within a week, suggesting a shift in the battlefield dynamics.

These losses, highlighted through social media images and videos, indicate destruction rather than mere damage. Russian forces have adopted Lancet kamikaze drones for these attacks, which have been similarly effective against Polish Krabs. Equipped to carry explosives and reach speeds of 68 mph, these drones, alongside improved Russian aerial reconnaissance, pose a significant threat to the Ukrainian howitzers.

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