Downed Ka-52 are Useful to Ukrainian Armed Forces in Unexpected Way

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This improvised rocket launching system fires S-8 unguided rockets in a manner of an MLRS / Screenshot credit: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
This improvised rocket launching system fires S-8 unguided rockets in a manner of an MLRS / Screenshot credit: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers took rocket launchers off downed russian helicopters to create an improvised MLRS

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine showed another improvised combat vehicle made for use against russian occupation forces.

This time around, the material for a "handmade MLRS" was found in russian "flying tanks" – the Ka-52 "Alligator" attack helicopters. Ukrainian military took rocket pods containing unguided rockets off a downed aircraft and mounted it onto a Mitsubishi L200 pickup, sponsored by a volunteer community.

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Though modern HIMARS and M270 MLRS promised by Western allies would be helpful too, the defense ministry noted jokingly.

This is not the first handmade wheeled rocket launcher made for firing S-8 rockets and used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. We have already seen a video featuring an improvised launcher with a rocket pod set on a separate trailer. Despite such primitive construction, the fire control was as automatic as possible.

Improvised S-8 unguided rocket launcher / Downed Ka-52 are Useful to Ukrainian Armed Forces in Unexpected Way
Improvised S-8 unguided rocket launcher / Open source video screenshot

Also, Ukrainian Armed Forces use some kind of a "guerilla variant" BM-21 "Grad" launchers – two rocket pods with air-based unguided rockets mounted on MT-LB armored tractors. A few such vehicles were created as an experiment in 2015-2016.

Improvised MLRS on the MT-LB chassis, made for the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Downed Ka-52 are Useful to Ukrainian Armed Forces in Unexpected Way
One more example – improvised MLRS on the MT-LB chassis, made for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 2016 open source photo

Besides unguided rockets, Ukrainian soldiers are also used to mount ATGMs on top of light vehicles to improve their mobility and carry out successful exhausting strikes in a shoot-and-scoot manner.

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