Bulgaria Supplies Shells For Ukraine’s 100mm MT-12 Rapira Anti-Tank Guns

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Fighters of the 93rd brigade apply the MT-12 Rapir, July 27, 2022 / Photo credits: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
Fighters of the 93rd brigade apply the MT-12 Rapir, July 27, 2022 / Photo credits: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine are actively using such guns to repel russian aggression

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine published the combat work footage of one of the artillery units of the 93rd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which used a 100mm MT-12 Rapira anti-tank gun.

The authors of the Ukraine Weapons Tracker Twitter profile in their turn noticed the following detail: the servicemen loaded their gun with Bulgarian 100mm 3UBK2 HEAT FRAG projectiles, manufactured in 1987.

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The authors of the Facebook post by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine called the MT-12 gun an "artillery sniper rifle", meaning that Rapira is capable of accurately hitting enemy armored vehicles with an armor-piercing projectile at a distance of up to 1.5 km.

Continuing to develop this metaphor, then it is worth expressing more precisely: the MT-12 Rapira anti-tank gun is a "mass artillery sniper rifle".

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The National Guard of Ukraine servicemen master the MT-12 Rapira / Photo credits: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Because publicly available sources indicate that Rapiras are now used not only by the 93rd Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but also by the Marine Corps of the Ukrainian Navy and the National Guard of Ukraine. Accordingly, 100-mm shells have to be imported constantly and intensively. And it seems that Bulgarian companies in this case are by no means the only suppliers of this type of ammunition.

Bulgaria Supplies Shells For Ukraine’s 100mm MT-12 Rapira Anti-Tank Guns, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Soldiers of the 36th Marine Corps Brigade are training to use the MT-12 Rapira / Photo credits: The Ukrainian Naval Forces Command
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