According to Russian media, the 2K25 Krasnopol has less circular deviation from the target.

High-precision guided artillery shells play an important role in modern military conflicts, and some American artillery systems are capable of carrying out attacks with precision artillery shells M982 Excalibur. However, after a period of research and development, Russia announced that it has taken measures to deal with these types of ammunition. Moreover, Russia has also developed similar ammunition with superior effectiveness to the M982 Excalibur. Specifically, Bulgarian Military quoted Russian media sources as saying that the 2K25 Krasnopol high-precision semi-automatic laser-guided shell demonstrated superior performance in many aspects compared to the Western M982 Excalibur shell.

According to Russian media, the 2K25 Krasnopol has less circular deviation from the target. In addition, such a projectile is capable of hitting moving objects, while the Excalibur can only hit static objects. Some characteristics of the Russian projectile are given, thanks to which it receives such an advantage. Thus, American munitions are guided to the target using an inertial system and trajectory correction according to satellite data, while the 2K25 Krasnopol is guided by a laser beam reflected from the target.

Previously, it required the presence of a gunner in the target area, but now this function is successfully performed by unmanned aerial vehicles. The effectiveness of this combination of artillery and reconnaissance drones has been proven in practice. As a result, even if electronic warfare systems work in the affected area, all this will not have any effect on the accuracy of the projectile. The UAVs themselves are at an altitude of several thousand meters, and in some cases, they work in pairs.

In July of this year, information appeared that an improved version of the Russian 2K25 Krasnopol guided missile with an increased range of hitting targets was introduced in the area of responsibility of the Russian Air Defense Forces. The new modification of the projectile is capable of hitting a distance of 26 kilometers, while previously the range did not exceed 20 kilometers. In addition, 2K25 Krasnopol received a higher destructive power of small targets and the possibility of use in different conditions.

The 2K25 Krasnopol is a Russian laser-guided artillery projectile designed for use with 152mm guns. It has a range of up to 20 kilometers and is capable of hitting targets with high precision. The projectile is equipped with a semi-active laser seeker that allows it to track and guide itself toward a laser target designator. This means that the projectile can be fired from a safe distance and does not require the artillery gun to be directly aimed at the target.

The 2K25 Krasnopol is designed to be used against a wide range of targets, including tanks, armored vehicles, fortifications, and other high-value targets. It is particularly effective against targets that are difficult to hit with conventional artillery shells, such as those that are located in urban areas or behind cover. The projectile is designed to be compatible with a range of 152mm guns, including the Russian 2A65 Msta-B and the Chinese PLZ-05. It has a maximum speed of 850 meters per second and a maximum range of 20 kilometers.


  1. Thanks for this. Very interesting and good.
    I just recently got an interest and am trying to discover which side has the edge in artillery/missile weaponry.
    It seem the HIMARS is very useful for Kiev and the Allies have little to compare with it.
    The Krasonopol in this most modern version seems to be it.
    Would that be right?
    Have you published an overall assessment of the situation?


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