Ukraine acquired 40mm MK19 Mod III AGLs piercing 76 mm steel

KYIV, ($1=28.12 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The Ukrainian army has received a 40 mm Mk 19 belt-fed automatic grenade launcher from the United States as part of security cooperation between the two countries, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing a Ukrainian source.

Ukraine acquired 40mm MK19 Mod III AGLs piercing 76 mm steel
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He [the source – ed.] Drew attention to the identification code NSN 1010-01-490-9697, which is visible on one of the pallets of weapons delivered to Ukraine on January 28. According to the Manual on Multilingual Supply Classification [ACodP-2], NSN code 1010-01-490-9697 corresponds to a delivery item such as “Machine gun, 40 mm, MK19 Mod III”. BulgarianMilitary.com has learned that the same classifier has already been introduced in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine under the name “Unified Classifier of Supplies”.

According to the number of pallets of photos taken during the loading of the plane, which was made public by the US military, it can be concluded that only on January 28 several hundred Mark 19 grenade launchers were delivered to Ukraine.

Ukraine acquired 40mm MK19 Mod III AGLs piercing 76 mm steel
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Yesterday, February 3, Ukraine received 85 tons of 40-mm cartridges for automatic grenade launchers, delivered by the seventh American aircraft with military assistance since early 2022.

It is also possible that Mk 19 grenade launchers have already been delivered to the armed forces as part of other shipments, as 40mm cartridges have been included in the cargo of American aircraft more than once, particularly in the autumn of 2021. As an example, here photo of unloading boxes of 40 mm cartridges from an American plane at Borispol Airport on October 10, 2021.

According to the markings, in the boxes of the photo are 40 × 53 mm cartridges M430A1 HEDP with a universal fragmentation-armor-piercing grenade [capable of piercing 76-mm steel]. Each such standard box contains a 32-grenade belt connected by M16A2 tapes.

The 40-mm automatic grenade launcher Mk 19 [from Mark 19] has been in service in the US Army since the late ’60s in various versions. Unlike the AGS-17 available in the armed forces, it has a wider range of ammunition:

  • the ordinary M430 HEDP is multifunctional with fragment-cumulative action [drills up to 50 mm of armor-piercing steel, and the radius of damage – 5 meters]
  • fragment M383 and M384
  • training M385
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The modification, transferred to Ukraine, was made in the period from 1981 to 2000 in the United States. It is also produced under license in countries such as the Republic of Korea and Turkey.

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