The A-222 Bereg (Russian: “Coast”) is a Russian 130 mm self-propelled coastal artillery gun, which was developed in the 1980s and first shown to the public in 1993.
The Bereg artillery system consists of one command and control vehicle, a combat support vehicle and up to six weapon systems. All of them are mounted on MAZ-543M 8×8 wheeled all-terrain vehicles providing excellent mobility at road speeds up to 60 km/yh. The AK-130 gun was designed to engage surface ships and fast attack boats as well as ground targets. It is capable of engaging targets within 3-5 minutes and can fire up to 12 shots per minute. The gun holds a reach out to 14 miles/20 km and can fire a variety of munition types to suit the battlefield need. The Bereg was developed as a supplement to mobile costal defense missile systems, as all missile systems have a dead zone from 7 to 25 km and are unable to defend costal zones alone. Another advantage comparing with missiles is cost per fired projectile.
The only operator of the system is a Russian unit at a naval base in Novorossiysk at the Black Sea, with only 24 units produced. It was also proposed for export customers, however received no production orders.
The vehicle weighs 96,000lb and sports an overall length of 43 feet, a width of 10 feet and a height of 13 feet. Its operating crew numbers eight personnel. The gun mounting hardware allows for an elevation span of -5 to +50 degrees with traversal of 120 degrees to either side of centerline.
Its introduction into Russian service is interesting, particularly in an age where missiles dominate the battlefield and conventionally-minded coastal defense weaponry is not part of the frontline inventory of any major military.
This mobile costal defense gun is powered by a standard tank engine, developing 525 hp. This engine has a 38.9-liter displacement. Bereg is also fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is turned off. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system as standard.
There has never been a model of this kit in 1/72 before. Trumpeter make a 1/35 kit though.
The box is a very sturdy top opening box. The box bottom is made of thin corrugated cardboard which makes it tougher than most. The contents are bagged with the plastic sprues in one resealable bag and all the other items bagged separately. The box contains:
- 6 plastic sprues (240 parts)
- 1 clear sprue (9 parts)
- 1 separate part (cab)
- 8 rubber wheels
- 1 decal sheet
- 2 PE sprues (44 parts)
The level of detail on the parts is very good for a 1/72 scale kit – better than most. All the extractor pin marks are out of the way and the attachment points are appropriate to the part they are attaching. The number of parts is high for a 1/72 scale kit so the finished model will be well detailed.
The instructions are clearly laid out in 24 steps over 10 full size pages. There are also 3 pages showing 3 painting guides with paint references in Ammo paints. The diagrams are nice and large and make it easy to see what goes where.
The 3 decal options are not identified by unit, but the only unit that operates these is the 40th BRAP. There are quite a few extra decals so you can certainly do a ‘what if’ design if you wish. The decals have very little backing film and are clear and finely printed.
The kit is available from Modelcollect’s website here for $59.99, although you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere.
This is a highly detailed 1/72 scale kit of an unusual subject. This is the only model of this kit in this scale. The detail on the parts themselves is good and you get 40+ PE parts and rubber tires as part of the kit. It should build into an impressive kit. Highly recommended as long as you’re ok working with a lot of small parts in this scale.
Many thanks to Modelcollect for the review sample.