The Nona is a self-propelled artillery system that was designed in the late 1980’s to support the VDV. The Nona was designed to provide light artillery support to VDV troops, yet be light enough to be para-dropped. The Nona is available in two versions: the 2S9 Nona is based on a BTR-D chassis, while the 2S23 Nona-SVK (pictured) is based on a BTR-80 chassis. The Nona is equipped with the breech-loaded 2A60 120 mm mortar with a barrel that is 1.8 meters in length and can accept various types of 120 mm mortar rounds including smoke rounds, white phosphorus rounds, and high explosive (HE) rounds. The system has a sustained firing rate of four rounds per minute, and a maximum firing rate of ten rounds per minute. The mortar has an elevation of -4 to +80 degrees, can traverse up to 70 degrees and has a maximum range of up to 12.8 km. The system is also equipped with a 7.62 mm machine gun for self defense. The Nona is also amphibious (both chassis’s).