​Ukrainian Territorial Defense Now Equipped With AGS-17 Automatic Grenade Launchers

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Kharkiv Territorial Defense has received AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers and ammunition to them / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine
Kharkiv Territorial Defense has received AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers and ammunition to them / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine

Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine continue improving their arsenal, now with Soviet-made 30-mm automatic grenade launcher AGS-17 "Plamya"

Ukrainian military from 229th Kharkiv Territorial Defense Battalion bragged on social media about getting AGS-17 grenade launchers.

The servicemen said it’s a "progress" and showed the launcher itself and the ammunition – 30mm VOG-17M high-explosive grenades.

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Grenades are stacked in belts with 29 rounds per each / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine
Ukrainian Territorial Defense Now Equipped With AGS-17 Automatic Grenade Launchers
The gun itself weighs 14 kg but it comes with optic sights and a tripod / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine

This launcher was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and has been in service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine. There is also a Ukrainian-made variant to this gun – the KBA-117 and KBA-119.

AGS-17 has proved to be effective in combat since the 2014 russian aggression, providing fire support to units. The grenade launcher is often mounted on various mobile platforms – light armored vehicles, cars, etc. – to increase mobility (it weighs about 30 kg).

Ukrainian Territorial Defense Now Equipped With AGS-17 Automatic Grenade Launchers
Ukrainian regular forces and gendarmerie are known to use these launchers for a while, now they hit Territorial Defense Forces – yesterday's civilians / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine
AGS-17 specifications
Caliber 30 mm
Weight with sight and tripod 31 kg (+ 14.5 kg loaded magazine)
Muzzle velocity 185 m/s
Rate of fire up to 400 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity 29 rounds on a belt
Maximum range of fire 800 – 1,700 m (with optics)

Data provided by Military-Today, WeaponSystems

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The grenades come in packages of 108 to 120 units in metal boxes / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine
VOG-17M grenade specifications
Caliber 30x29mm
Radius of Defeat not less than 6 meters
Projectile High Explosive (HE)
Explosive Filling A-IX-1 (RDX)
Fuze Type VMG-M-L
Self-destruction Time 28 to 36 sec

Data provided by manufacturer Arcus Co.

In our dedicated article, we highlighted the challenges that Ukrainian Army is facing with AGS-17. It turns out Ukraine has enough launchers but provision of enough ammunition could become difficult since there is a strictly limited range of manufacturers of such grenades.

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Lot Number 05-22 might indicate the date of production; IO-30 is the Bulgarian ID for the VOG-17 projectile / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine

And here is an interesting point: the lot number on the projectiles could be indicating the date of production of the ammos which is presumably May 2022.

It’s hard to say who could possibly supply those to Ukraine. There is also a possibility that Kharkiv defenders got grenades from one of the domestic enterprises.

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Ukrainian servicemen shared their joy of getting new powerful weapons on social media / Photo credit: 229th Independent Battalion of Kharkiv Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine
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