The state tests of the new Ukrainian VILKHA 300mm guided rockets were carried out today in the Odesa region.
According to Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, the current tests are “the final stage of a large-scale project of Ukrainian scientists, designers and manufacturers”.
“Thanks to the efforts of all those who worked on this project, we received powerful missilery, which in all respects is better than the Russian analog “Smerch”, – Mr. Turchynov noticed.
The NSDC Secretary informed that the state tests would go through several stages, during which the customer will check all the tactical and technical characteristics of missiles for compliance with the parameters set. He explained that the missiles would be launched in full combat equipment at predefined targets. “Taking into account the missiles’ handling, a separate target will be set for each of them”, – the NSDC Secretary added.
Oleksandr Turchynov stressed that after the completion of these large-scale state tests, the “Vilkha” missile system would be taken on armament, and the Ukrainian defense-industrial complex will launch their mass production.
“I want to emphasize that the first stage of the state tests, during which the missiles struck particular targets at the maximum shooting range, was successful – the test program was fully implemented”, – Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine said.
The VILKHA is a 300mm guided rocket was developed by the Luch engineering bureau in cooperation with other Ukraine defence industrial companies. The rocket has a solid motor and can be armed with various types of warheads. It has so-called inertial correction system, which provides for angular stabilization of the round at the boost phase and flight.
The new system can deliver strikes as far as 50-300km with a high degree of precision. The new rockets were launched from a 9K58 self-propelled launcher.