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The Gyurza-M Armored Boat Enhances Anti-Air Defense Within the Composition of New Mobile Fire Groups (Video)

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The Project 58155 Gyurza-M / the Screenshot from the Video of the Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The Project 58155 Gyurza-M / the Screenshot from the Video of the Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The small armored artillery boats of project 58155 (code Gyurza-M), called Bucha (factory number 01036) were laid down in 2019, and this year, they were officially commissioned into the Ukrainian Navy

Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev, has posted a message on his official social media accounts. In the message, he shares that in the Northern operational zone, our airspace is protected from aerial threats by mobile fire groups, which operate not only on land but also on water.

"Naval servicemen from the separate river division have been honing their skills over the past year. I personally observed on several occasions and was involved in enhancing their efficiency," Nayev says about the formation of new mobile groups for air defense.

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The Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev does not disclose details about the operation of such groups or how many targets they have credited to their account. However, in the footage, the flagship of the Kyiv division of the river flotilla is demonstrated—a small armored artillery boat of project 58155 (code Gyurza-M), called Bucha (BK-08, factory number 01036).

The eighth Project 58155 armored artillery boat Bucha, Defense Express
The eighth Project 58155 armored artillery boat Bucha, February 23, 2023 / Open source photo

Remind you that this boat was laid down in February 2019 and was launched in September 2021. Already in February of this year, this armored boat was spotted during trials on the Dnieper, and in May, the MBAK-08 (Bucha) was officially commissioned into the Ukrainian Navy.

Project 58150 (codename Gyurza-M) small armored artillery boats are designed to keep watch along the coastal sea strip. The boats’ tasks include: patrolling, fighting against small-sized enemy vessels, protecting coastal facilities and structures, as well as assisting landing and border groups.

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The Bucha (BK-08, factory number 01036) / Foto credit: ArmyInform

The weapon of the boat is two Katran-M combat modules, which is the naval version of the Shturm (Storm) combat module installed on the BTR-3. The Katran-M module consists of a 30mm autocannon, 30mm KBA-117 automatic grenade launcher, a 7.62mm machine gun and two Barrier ATGMs. Powered by two diesels, Bucha provides a speed of 25 knots. The gunboat is equipped with a Delta-M navigational radar and a Sarmat observation and targeting EOS.

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