2S9 Nona

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2S9 Nona in Saint-Petersburg.jpg
2S9 in Saint-Petersburg Artillery museum
Type Self-propelled artillery
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1981 – present
Used by see Operators
Production history
Designer TsNIITochMash
Designed 1974-1980
Manufacturer Motovilikha Plants
Produced 1979 – 1989
Weight 8.7 tonnes
Length 6.02 m
Barrel length approx. 1.8 m [1]
Width 2.63 m
Height 2.3 m
Crew 4

Caliber 120 mm
Elevation -4 to +80 degrees
Traverse 70 degrees
Rate of fire 10 rpm, max;
4 rpm, sustained
Effective firing range 8.8 km (conventional);
12.8 km (extended)

Armor 15 mm max
120 mm 2A60 mortar
7.62 mm machine gun
Engine 5D20 Diesel
240 hp
Power/weight 27.1 hp/tonne
Payload capacity 40-60 rounds
Suspension torsion
Ground clearance 450 mm
Fuel capacity 400 liters
500 km
Speed 60 km/h (road);
9 km/h (water)

The 2S9 NONA (Новейшее Орудие Наземной Артилерии - Newest Ordnance of Ground Artillery) is a self-propelled 120 mm mortar designed by the Soviet Union that entered service in 1981. The 2S9 chassis is designated the S-120 and based on the aluminium hull of the BTR-D airborne multi-purpose tracked armoured personnel carrier. More generally, the 120 mm mortar is referred to as the Nona, with the 2S9 also known as the Nona-S; a BTR-80 based version is the 2S23 or Nona-SVK, and the towed 2B16 anti-tank gun version is named the Nona-K. Although no figures have been released, it is estimated that well over 1,000 2S9 were built.[2]


The 2S9 Nona-S is an amphibious vehicle that can be propelled through the water by two rear water-jets. It is operated by a four man crew comprising a commander, a driver/mechanic, a gunner, and a loader. The hull interior is separated into a command compartment, a fighting compartment and an engine compartment. A welded steel turret is located at the middle of the hull. The two man turret has hatches for the gunner and loader respectively.

The 2S9 utilizes a 120 mm 2A60 mortar with a 1.8 meter long barrel. It is breech-loaded and capable of firing HE (high explosive), white phosphorus and smoke rounds.[1]


Map of 2S9 operators in blue with former operators in red

Figures (other than Russia) if not otherwise referenced are from Jane's Armour and Artillery[2]

Current operators[edit]

Former Operators[edit]

  •  Afghanistan - Currently only using rebuilt and third party manufactured D-30
  •  Soviet Union - Passed on to successor states.


  1. ^ a b Marat Kenzhetaev (1998). "Self Propelled Artillery and Mortars". www.armscontrol.ru. MIPT Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b Jane's Armour and Artillery 1997-98 ISBN 0-7106-1542-6
  3. ^ http://warfare.be/?lang=&catid=240&linkid=1563&linkname=2s23-Nona-SVK-Self-propelled-Gun
  4. ^ SIPRI Arms Transfers Database. Information generated: 09 March 2014.

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