In Ukraine Soviet Nona-K artillery fires US-made M1101 shells

KYIV, UKRAINE — BulgarianMilitary.com continues to monitor the weapons used in the war in Ukraine. A Twitter post claims that a Soviet Nona-K towed artillery gun uses American M1101 120mm rounds. Later, the Ukrainian media mil.in.ua also published the information.

In Ukraine Soviet Nona-K artillery fires US-made M1101 shells
Photo credit: Telegram

The Soviet mortar system has been captured, Ukrainian media claim. Accounts on social media Telegram claim that this gun is currently in the composition of the 80th Separate Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine [AFU].

Nona-K is a towed mortar artillery system. The main caliber of the gun is 120mm. The maximum range of hitting a target is up to 12,000 meters. In one minute, the cannon fires up to 8 shells [rpm]. The system is operated by a crew of five. The total weight of the Nona-K is 1,200 kg.

It is not the first time that we witness such an “update” in the combined use of weapons and ammunition from the former Eastern Bloc with weapons and ammunition from the West. Ukraine needs more ammunition for its existing weapons systems.

Just a few days ago, it became clear that Ukraine has started production of 120 mm mines according to NATO standards. According to the announcement, the joint production is between the Ukrainian state-owned arms company Ukroboronprom and a NATO member state. The country is not announced, but there are doubts that it is the Czech Republic. Production is carried out both in Ukraine and outside Ukraine, with Ukroboronprom using foreign production facilities.

In Ukraine Soviet Nona-K artillery fires US-made M1101 shells
Photo credit: Telegram

Later it became clear that a similar production scheme was used for the production of 82 mm mortar fragmentation shells. According to the message from Ukroboronprom, then the number of fragments is 2-2.5 times larger than the standard. This 82mm ammunition is also manufactured to a Western standard.

Ukraine uses various mortar artillery systems in the war. Mostly they are 60mm and 120mm supplied by former Eastern Bloc countries. However, according to open sources, the ground forces of Ukraine mostly use 82mm artillery shells.

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