The tradition of naming samples of Russian weapons was analyzed by Moskovsky Komsomolets, who contacted the Burevestnik Research Enterprise to find out why artillery generally “blooms” (2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, 2S-1 Gvozdika, 2S5 self-propelled gun ” Jacinto”, 2B9 “Vasilek” mortar, etc.).
“There is a romantic version that, when fired, the force of the flame at the muzzle, together with the green barrel itself, resembles an open flower. In practice, in certain cases, it is more convenient to use such names conditional than official indices. For example, the name “Tornado-S” when exchanging information via voice communication channels in combat conditions, is recognized much more reliably than 9K515, and the risk of making a mistake is much lower “, the company explained to the publication. .
By tradition, the names of the MLRS are associated with weather conditions: “Grad”, OTs-14 “Thunderstorm”, MLRS BM-30 “Smerch”, however, there are exceptions. For example, the M-22 “Hurricane” air defense system, after modernization, was called “Ezh”. Nuclear weapons are given female names, for example, the RDS-4 tactical atomic bomb – “Tatiana”, 8U49 – “Natasha”.
NATO countries call Russian air defense systems with the letter “G”, reminiscent of “MK”. For example, S-300VM and Antey-2500 were called Gladiator, and Giant, Buk was renamed Grizzly.