World War 3: Moment Russia fires most powerful mortar in the world as conflict looms

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
By Paul Martin

THE SPECTACULAR moment Russia fires the world’s most powerful mortar has been caught on video in another ominous sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington.

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

The video shows Russian nuclear-capable self-propelled 2S4 Tyulpan (‘Tulip’) mortars firing in slow motion at a military exercise. The footage, released by the Zvezda TV channel on Monday, shows soldiers loading shells into the mortar during a drill in Tambov Region in western Russia. A battery of Tyulpans is later seen firing from a position in the wooded area.

The weapon’s ability to shoot destructive 240mm shells makes it the largest-caliber mortar system in the world today.

It can discharge high-explosive and armour-piercing shells, and can be loaded with nuclear munitions as well.

Though the monster was designed in the Soviet era, it is currently undergoing modernisation, which is expected to be completed by 2020.

Both Russia and the US have been ratcheting up weapons testing as fears of a second Cold War continue to grow.

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