The Russian Vena automated self-propelled gun is unmatched anywhere in the world, claim experts at Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport. An armored floating vehicle with a tracked chassis can engage the enemy with a squall of high-precision mortar fire.
The Vena fires both Russian and NATO standard shells and is fitted with an onboard computer making it possible to carry out super-precision fire in any weather and at time of the day or night over long distances. The unit is intended to support infantry and armor. It engages the opponent’s armored vehicles, artillery positions and infantry. The mount is armed with a 120mm gun unit. The ammunition load includes standard-type shells, mortar bombs and even Kitolov-2 guided ammunition, directed by a laser beam.
Its distinctive features are high maneuverability and strong armor which protects the crew against small arms fire and shell and mortar fragments. The Vena can negotiate steep slopes, ditches up to 2.5 m wide and water streams at a speed of up to 10 km/hr.
Comparisons with foreign models of the same class show that Russia’s Vena performs two and a half time better than its rivals.