Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ukraine forces fire Polish-made howitzers to fight off Russians

The chief commander of the armed forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhny has released new footage showing recently received Krab self-propelled howitzers in action.

Zaluzhny stated that Ukrainian Forces have started to actively use the modern long-range artillery systems, donated by Poland.

“Arms, ammunition and vehicles provided by partner countries help us to defend peace in Ukraine and throughout Europe,” he said on Facebook.

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The Krab is a self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer with 155mm cannon. It is combining the South Korean K9 Thunder chassis with a British AS-90M Braveheart turret with a 52-caliber gun and WB Electronics’ “Topaz” artillery fire control system.

The turret is mounted with a 12.7mm machine gun serving as a secondary armament for the vehicle. KRAB is also armed with a bank of four 81mm smoke grenades on either side of the turret.

This self-propelled artillery system has all-welded steel construction. Armor o provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression system.

According to Dziennik.pl, Ukraine already received 18 Krab self-propelled howitzers as part of military aid.

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