State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has published a report dedicated to its professional holiday on April 30. Among the photos, we can see RAK-SA-12 rocket launchers in caliber 128mm of Croatian manufacture. This is the first time these artillery systems are seen in Ukraine.
This is a trailer-mounted rocket system from Croatian Madlerd, it is designed to launch strikes on enemy manpower and equipment in open space and in fortifications – against infantry, artillery teams, command posts, communication nodes, observation posts etc.
The system can fire М91, М91А1 or М91А2 128mm rockets, the range is 8,540 m forthe last two variants, according to the manufacturer. The launcher has 12 tubes 1,200 mm in length each.
The Croatian multiple rocket launcher can fire off all 12 rockets in 9.6 seconds in a single salvo or fire them one by one at the rate of 1 rocket per second. It is also equipped with a 25-meter wire for remote control.
Reloading the launcher with rockets prepared in advance would take 1m 20s, unfolding the system on arrival takes 1m 30s with a pre-loaded launcher or 3m 30s if the launcher is empty. Displacement time is up to 1m. A crew consists of five plus a commander.
The arrival of these systems is significant against the background that Ukrainian soldiers have been using all sorts of handmade rocket systems on pickup trucks, some of them having only 2 to 4 tubes. This fact tells how much the Armed Forces of Ukraine need such systems. What they use them for, read in our article.
The ideal scenario would be if Croatian RAK-SA-12 could fully cover the demand for small mobile rocket systems, maybe even by mounting them on these very pickups. However, we don't know yet how many of Croatian rocket systems arrived and whether there is a prospect of getting more.
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