Ukraine uses an M768A1 60mm multi-option bomb for its KBA-118 mortar
KYIV, ($1=29.71 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The US government recently delivered to Ukraine 60mm M768A1 mortar shells, which have a HE charge, as well as 60mm lightweight mortars. However, the Ukrainian armed forces use American mortar bombs not only with American mortars but also with Ukrainian-made mortars, such as KBA-118.
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KBA-118 is made on the American model 60mm M2 smoothbore, muzzle-loading, high-angle-of-fire mortars. Both the M2 and the KVA-118 can operate a variety of mortar projectiles. One of these is the M768A1. M768A1 60mm projectiles have M783 multi-option fuzes that can work in different modes: near-surface burst, impact, or delay mode.
Sources in Ukraine say that the Ukrainian armed forces use M768A1 60mm projectiles not only with M783 multi-option fuzes but also with M720A2 or M768A1 fuzes. This means that thanks to these fuses, the Ukrainian mortar fires a projectile with an additional function: proximity function mode.
The M768A1 60mm projectiles have extra fuel that burns around the tail fins very quickly to generate gas that drives the projectile, with gas pressure acting on all sides. For this reason, the M768A1 has no tail openings and the gas does not explode.
The Ukrainian mortar KBA-118 in combination with proven ammunition such as the M768A1 60mm projectile is a great light infantry weapon. The soldier can direct lay and, and doesn’t have to clear a Restricted Air Zone [RAZ – most artillery has to deconflict the airspace before firing so you don’t hit friendly aircraft] before firing. It’s a great option to have when in contact.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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