The KV-20 is the Spetsnaz Guards artillery piece of choice. Named after Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov, the KV-20 is considered to be crude, but highly effective. Ostensibly designed and built by the MAZ automobile works, the same bureau responsible for the MAZ-7310, the primary TEL for SCUD missiles. The Spetsnaz Guards opted for the traditional cannon over the missiles and rockets traditionally prefered by the Russian/Soviet Armies due to the greater fire rate, and increased accuracy of artillery over rockets. The KV-20 self-propelled artillery piece is also upgradeable to fire chemical rounds and also mount an extra barrel compared to the artillery of the EFEC and the United State's JSF.
Before he officially retired, one of the last actions of Russian president Vladimir Putin was to personally ensure that the KV-20 Zhukov was approved for military development. As a result, many Russian soldiers refer to the Zhukov as “Putin’s Twins” due to its twin barrel setup.
The KV-20 Zhukov has its roots in a South African–designed self-propelled howitzer that first saw combat in 2001. When the Russians got their hands on the design they made the engine more powerful, added more armour, and doubled its firepower by adding a second gun. At 152mm, the howitzer used by the KV-20 is slightly smaller than those used by the EFEC and JSF; however, there are two of them side by side, which more than negates this minor difference.
Russia’s Zhukov may not be the most accurate artillery system in use, but its rate of fire counteracts this deficiency. It is powered by a monstrous 800hp diesel engine, which enables it to carry the weight of its dual cannons and plenty of ammunition. The SGB is also known to load the KV-20 with chemical shells on occasion.
- Cannon Barrel: Increases range. Cost 100,000 CR
- Chemical Shell: Unlocks special attack. Fires Thermobaric 152mm shells at target, has good damage and can bypass shielding. Cost 300,000 CR
- Bunker Buster Shell: Increases damage. Cost 900,000 CR
- Stabilizer: Increases range. Cost 1,200,00 CR
- D.U. Shells: Increases damage. Cost 1,500,000 CR
- Sensor Fuzed bomblet: Increases damage. Cost 1,800,000 CR
- Armor plate: Increases HP. Cost 100,000 CR
- Infrared Jammer: Increases shield durability. Cost 300,000 CR
- Reactive armor: Increases HP. Cost 900,000 CR
- ARENA Active Defense: Increases shield durability. Cost 1,200,000 CR
- Ceramic Armor: Increases HP significatly. Cost 1,500,000 CR
- Power unit: Increases movement speed. Cost 100,000 CR
Zhukov callsigns are named after religious or natural catastrophies and some other themes from heavy explosive weapons:
- Circus Cannon
- God's Wrath
- The vehicle is named for Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the most decorated officer in Russian military history, the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Military, and Commander of the Red Army forces at just about every major battle on the Eastern Front in World War II.
- The KV designation was originally used during the Second World War (known as the Great Patriotic War in all of the former Soviet Republics) for a series of staggeringly effective early-war heavy tanks, with KV-2 mounting a 152 mm anti-fortification howitzer. The KV stood for Kliment Voroshilov, another Soviet marshal and an esteemed politician of the Interbellum period, fairly widely used as a propaganda figure.
- Soviet and Russian artillery systems are distinguished by their GRAU index (e.g. 2S19 "MSTA-S") and rarely have additional designations (compare 6P20, otherwise known as AK-74).
- A project for a Russian dual self-propelled howitzer did exist, the 2S35 "Coalition-SV", but it had an over-and-under design and a tracked chassis borrowed from either the existing MSTA-S or the expected T-95 (which has been cancelled).
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