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​The Armed Forces of Ukraine Presented New Weapon System Received From Poland For the First Time On Video

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Rak 120mm self-propelled mortar / Photo credit: Huta Stalowa Wola
Rak 120mm self-propelled mortar / Photo credit: Huta Stalowa Wola

The Polish 120-mm Rak self-propelled mortars in raw of Ukrainian Army was presented for the first time in a video that was released by press-office of the 44th separate mechanized brigade. The mortar system can destroy targets at a distance of up to 12 km

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.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine Presented New Weapon System Received From Poland For the First Time On Video, 20-mm Rak self-propelled mortar in raw of the Armed Forces of UkraineProduction of tanks at Uralvagonzavod, Defense Express
120-mm Rak self-propelled mortar in raw of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Photo credit: junior lieutenant Anastasia Shevchenko-Prykhodyon, 44th separate mechanized brigade

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 Armed Forces of Ukraine Presented New Weapon System Received From Poland For the First Time On Video, Rak 120-mm self-propelled mortar, Defense Express
Rak 120-mm self-propelled mortar / Screenshot from the video of the 44th separate mechanized brigade

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.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine Presented New Weapon System Received From Poland For the First Time On Video, Rak 120-mm self-propelled mortar, Defense Express
Rak 120-mm self-propelled mortar / Screenshot from the video of the 44th separate mechanized brigade

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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