М-46 Cannon Helps Ukrainian Troops Beat russian Forces in the Donetsk Region

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M-46 cannon of the UAF, September 2022. Photo credits: ArmyInform
M-46 cannon of the UAF, September 2022. Photo credits: ArmyInform

Gunners of the Armed Forces of Ukraine showed, how the М46 cannon hit the invaders’ targets

As ArmiaInform reports, 19 days of combat missions М46 cannon has destroyed about 17-18 targets of Russian invaders excluding the destroyed and neutralized equipment.

M-46 cann0n in the Donetsk Region, September 2022. Photo credits: ArmiyaInform
M-46 cann0n in the Donetsk Region, September 2022. Photo credits: ArmiyaInform

“Every day we destroy one target – we help the infantry eliminate enemy equipment and manpower. These are artillery systems, mortar position, Grad MLRS, enemy self-propelled artillery systems, etc. We can also cover trenches, dugouts, areas of forest with fire,” said the unit commander Oleksandr.

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According to the commander of the cannon Vladyslav, artillery crews can cover both a whole square and destroy single enemy targets. What the military remembered the most was the moment of destruction of the Russian 2S9 Nona self-propelled artillery gun. “We use shells both “old style” and modern ones from Western partners. There are no problems with ammunition. There are cases where we hit the target of the Russian army even at a distance of up to 37 kilometers,”- say the gunners. According to the military, the gun has some difficulties only in maintenance, because after almost every shot it must be thoroughly cleaned.

Boxes with ammunition for the M-46 gun. Photo credits: ArmyInform
Boxes with ammunition for the M-46 gun. Photo credits: ArmyInform

The Soviet-era 130mm М-46 gun is designed to destroy fortifications, artillery positions and armored vehicles and mortars of the enemy, suppress manpower. The maximum firing range of conventional high-explosive shells is more than 27 km, rocket-assisted ammunition affects targets at a distance of up to 37 kilometers.

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