Ukraine has Successfully Test Fired its New 122-mm Artillery Rocket

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A test launch of KB Pivdenne (f.k.a. Yuzhnoye) 122-mm Typhoon-1 artillery rocket, May 2021 /  Credit: KB Pivdenne/Yuzhnoye
A test launch of KB Pivdenne (f.k.a. Yuzhnoye) 122-mm Typhoon-1 artillery rocket, May 2021 / Credit: KB Pivdenne/Yuzhnoye

Ukraine on May 26 conducted the third round of test fires for its new 122-mm Typhoon-1 artillery rocket

The Ministry of Defense, in a media statement, said the Typhoon-1 rocket test fires, conducted at the Shyroky Lan multi-service training/proving ground located outside of Mykolayiv, had been successful, with four rockets fired during that round of testing.

The Typhoon 1 rocket (a.k.a. 9M221F) offers a twice longer range -- up to 40 km – than its Soviet-era counterpart RS 9M22.

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“The tests validated the rocket’s performance in terms of average range and density of hits,” the Ministry of Defense has reported.

Typhoon rocket was first showcased to the public at the 2019 Arms & Security International Expo held in Kyiv

“Industrial and military [parties to the project] have been satisfied with the results achieved. The testing will be continued,” the MoD statement says.

A test launch of KB Pivdenne's 122-mm Typhoon-1 artillery rocket, May 2021 / Credit: KB Pivdenne/Yuzhnoye

DE memo: Initial test-firing of KB Pivdenne’s 122-mm rocket prototypes was conducted in mid-2019; aimed to validate the new munition’s average-range performance.

Test launches of the 122-mm artillery rocket Typhoon-1 carried out in 2020 (left side) and 2019

During trials conducted at Ali Bay Proving Ground outside Odesa in April 2020, Tayphoon-1 rocket was successfully test launched to its maximum range of 40 km.

A test launch of KB Pivdenne’s 122-mm Typhoon-1 artillery rocket, May 2021 / Credit: KB Pivdenne

Typhoon-1 has been designed to replace the aging inventory of 122-mm Soviet-era BM-21 Grad projectiles that are still fielded by Ukraine’s military, as well as for use with Ukraine-developed replacements for the Grad MLRS – the BM-21U “Verba” and BM-21UM “Berest”.

KB Pivdenne is developing its 122-mm Typhoon artillery rocket in unguided (extended range) and guided versions designated as Typhoon-1 and Typhoon-1M, respectively
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