The Russian military have apparently begun to target Ukrainian forces with 2K25 Krasnopol precision-guided artillery rounds.
On March 10, Komsomolskaya Pravda released footage showing Russian troops loading Krasnopol rounds into a 2S3 Akatsiya 152 mm self-propelled artillery then shelling targets in an unspecified part of Ukraine.
This was the first time this weapon system has been spotted in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian special military operation in the country on February 24.
The Krasnopol, which is guided by a semi-active laser, can be fired by most 152 mm artillery guns. The artillery round has a range of 20 to 30 kilometer and can hit its targets with pinpoint accuracy.
A land-based laser designator is usually used to illuminate targets for Krasnopol rounds. However, drones equipped with designators can be also used for that task.
The Russian military and its allies have been using Krasnopol rounds in Syria for the last few years with much success. The precision-guided rounds inflicted heavy losses on militants, especially when drones were used to detect and illuminate targets.
The Krasnopol will enable the Russian military to target Ukrainian forces in urban areas with high precisions from a safe-distance and without causing any real collateral damage. The round’s high-explosive warhead weights only between 6.50 and 11 kilograms.
The KBP Instrument Design Bureau which produces the Krasnopol developed similar precision-guided rounds, like the Kitolov-2 and 2M mortar and artillery shells that can be fired from 120 and 122 guns, respectively.