155mm French TRF1 howitzer firing at 6rpm is used at Bakhmut

KYIV ($1=36.92 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A video of a TRF1 howitzer gun being towed by a French TRM 10000 truck was shared on Twitter. This means that another Western type of weaponry is involved in the fighting for this region, and this artillery system has already been delivered to Ukraine.

155mm French TRF1 howitzer firing at 6rpm is used at Bakhmut
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This artillery was supposed to come from Ukraine’s own purchases made at the French company S2M Equipment, based in Montlouis-sur-Loire, which deals with the restoration and even the modernization of military equipment used by the French armed forces. After completion of such works, it is sold on third markets.

Thus, Ukraine had to acquire 6 towed TRF1 cal.155mm, most likely together with towing vehicles in the form of trucks [in this case Renault TRM 10000]. In addition, France is supposed to provide Ukraine with another 15 units of this artillery system, but it is not known whether they came from the resources of the French army or were also purchased by S2M Equipment

The TRF1 is a French 155 mm towed howitzer gun with a barrel length of 39 calibers produced by Giat Industries [now Nexter] as a replacement for the BF-50 howitzer. It was produced in the years 1984-1993 and number more than 150 copies. Its range is 24-30 km depending on the ammunition used.

The rate of fire is 6 shots per minute or 3 for 15 seconds in rapid mode, but then longer pauses are required. Barrel life is 3000 shots. It is currently used by the army of Cyprus [12 units], Senegal [8 units], and Saudi Arabia [28 units]. France has at least 12 units of this artillery system, but it is only used by the French military unit stationed in Djibouti.

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