Recently, the 44th separate mechanized brigade in one of its posts showed on photos for the first time that Ukrainian military has already received Polish 120-mm Rak self-propelled mortar. But on Monday, December 11, the first video of this vehicle in the Armed Forces of Ukraine was made public.
It remains unknown how many of these vehicles are already in service with the Defense Forces of Ukraine – let's recall that in April it was reported about plans to strengthen Ukraine’s army with three companies of such vehicles, that is, 24 units of 120-mm self-propelled mortars.
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In the plot, the speed of deploying this weapon into a combat position is noted first of all - only 30 seconds, while to leave the position it will take half as much time - 15 seconds. The mobility of the mortar was underlined too — the Armed Forces of Ukraine operates a variant based on the Rosomak APC chassis. The vehicle equipped with Scania D1 12 56A03PE engine develops a speed of up to 80 km/h. The vehicle’s operational range is 500 km.
The Ukrainian military learned to use these mortars in Poland. As Yevhen, a serviceman of the brigade, said, they mastered this system in two weeks - first the training took place on simulators, and later directly on the vehicles.
"The main task is to support infantry, to destroy fortified positions. The flight of fragments of the 120th runds is about 100 meters," a fighter of the brigade with the call sign "Yarosh" says/
We will remind that the Rak self-propelled mortar has 46 rounds of ammunition, and the maximum target destruction range is up to 12 km.
In addition, the mortar has a Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact (MRSI) firing mode, when several ammunition fired on different trajectories hit the target at the same time.
These mortars will be a really good reinforcement of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, and especially in the context of destroying the enemy's manpower. This is important, especially considering that enemies are trying their best to escape FPV drone attacks as well as drone bombings and covering trenches with anti-drone screens
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