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Ukrainian forces receive Bars-8MMK mortar vehicles

27 September 2019
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The Bars-8MMK is designed to be used by special forces and infantry. Source: Everis/NTGS

Ukrainian forces have received their first Bars-8MMK (mobile mortar complex) vehicles from Ukroboronservice, Ukroboronprom announced on its website on 25 September.

The defence conglomerate said Ukroboronservice had successfully completed acceptance tests with the vehicle, covering tactical and technical characteristics, as well as firing trials, with a Ukrainian military unit.

It added that the mortars are built using NATO-compatible components within the framework of Ukraine's 2017 state defence order, which aims to modernise the Ukrainian armed forces.

The system utilises the Alakran mortar system from NTGS. It is armed with a 120 mm smoothbore mortar supplied by Ukraine, and the Alakran mount enables it to be deployed and ready to fire within 35 seconds, according to Ukroboronservice.

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