Ukraine’s New Multiple Launch Rocket System Vilkha-M Undergoing Final Stage of its Official Qualification Trials Program

Test firing of Vilkha-M MLRS
Test firing of Vilkha-M MLRS

If the trials are a success, the Vilkha-M is expected to be formally commissioned into Ukrainian military service in 2022

Ukraine’s brand-new Multiple Launch Rocket System, the Vilkha-M, is currently undergoing trials as part of its official qualification testing program, conducted at a military proving ground located outside of Odessa, ArmyInform has reported.

The Vilkha-M rockets have been test fired against ground targets located at over 100 kilometers from the launch site.

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The Vilkha-M launcher being prepared for a test firing, October 27, 2021 / ArmyInform photo

The results of the trials are subject to review and evaluation by a state acceptance board for the new weapon system to be cleared for Ukrainian military use.

The Vilkha-M MLRS launcher being prepared for a test firing, October 27, 2021 / ArmyInform photo

Ukrainian Minister for Strategic Industries, Oleh Uruskiy had announced in late August that the Vilkha-M was scheduled to undergo official qualification trials in the fall of 2021, which, if found successful, would pave way for the new weapon to begin fielding to Ukrainian forces in 2022.

DKKB Luch, the Vilkha-M developer company, announced in its official press release in April 2021, that it had secured first export deals for its MLRS system Vilkha-M, but stopped short of disclosing the names of recipient countries.

Smerch MLRS vehicles carrying Vilkha MLRS launchers were seen during a military parade marking Ukraine’s 30th anniversary of independence on August 24, 2021

Ukroboronprom, the holding company for DKKB Luch, has released a video showing a 300-mm Vilkha-M rocket hitting a target with near zero meter CEP precision during test firings conducted at a military range outside of Odessa on October 27, 2021.

R624M Vilkha-M rocket seen hitting a target during test firings conducted as part of Official Qualification Testing, 27 October 2021

Designed for 300 mm caliber launchers, the Vilkha-M is an extended 120 km range version of the baseline 70-km-range Vilkha MLRS, which was commissioned in Ukrainian military use in 2018.

The R624M Vilkha-M rocket being test fired as part of official trials and qualification process, 27 October 2021

The Vilkha-M is already in production for the United Arab Emirates, and pre-contract negotiations are also underway with customers from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

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