Ukraine buys Soviet various rounds and BM-21 GRAD rockets from the US
WASHINGTON — Ukraine is ready to pay up to $ 165 million to the US government for the purchase of various artillery cartridges and non-standard ammunition produced by the Soviet Union. The Defense and Security Cooperation Agency [DSCA] has published a possible sale on its website and has already notified Congress.
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These are various rounds of non-standard ammunition for various Soviet / Russian systems that Ukraine is currently using in the war against Russia. These are: 152mm rounds for 2A36 Giatsint; 152mm rounds for D-20 cannons; VOG-17 for automatic grenade launcher AGS-17; 120mm mortar rounds [non-NATO]; 122mm rounds for 2Sl Carnation; BM-21 CITY Rockets; 300mm rounds / rockets for MLRS “Smerch;” VOG-25 grenades for under-barrel grenade launcher GP-25; 82mm mortar rounds; 125mm HE ammunition for T-72; 152mm rounds for 2A65 Msta. The US proposal also includes the transportation of ammunition.
Although Congress was notified of this possible sale, in this case, its permission was not required to complete the transaction. This is because Section 36 [b] of the Arms Export Control Act is in force, which allows the immediate sale of weapons and ammunition in the interests of US national security.
The ammunition that Ukraine wants to buy from the US government is as it is armed in general in the structures of the Ukrainian army. This is important as there will be no need to train staff to work with them. DSCA says that by acquiring these various rounds of non-standard ammunition, the Ukrainian armed forces will improve their combat capability and allow them to defend themselves against existing [and future] threats.
DSCA says the sale of Ukraine will not adversely affect US defense readiness and supports US foreign policy and national security goals.
More about BM-21 GRAD rocket
BM-21 GRAD truck-mounted 122 mm multiple rocket launcher made in the Soviet Union. This missile system is in service in 72 countries around the world, and former operators have been countries such as Finland, Hungary, East Germany, and former Yugoslavia. BM-21 GRAD has fought in all military conflicts and wars around the world from 1963 to the present.
Approximately 100,000 units have been produced. The initial velocity of the rocket or better known as the muzzle velocity is 690 m / s [2,264 ft / s] [muzzle velocity is the speed of a projectile concerning the muzzle at the moment it leaves the end of a gun’s barrel]. One BM-21 GRAD system can launch two missiles in a second. The missile has a range of 0.5 to 45 km.
One BM-21 GRAD rocket is 2.87 meters long. At the moment of firing the rocket begins to rotate by cutting in the tube on takeoff. There are fins at the base that support the course of the rocket. Depending on their type, the missile has a different charge: explosive, incendiary or chemical warhead, or high-explosive charge. One warhead weighs up to 20 kg.
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