KYIV ($1=36.60 Ukrainain Hryvnias) — Whether the armed forces of Ukraine use the M982 Excalibur artillery field projectile is no longer on the agenda. Ukrainian journalist Andrii Tsaplienko proved this by recording a video. Ukraine does not reveal where and when the video was recorded.
The recorded video shows the entire process and preparation for using the projectile. The M777A2 155mm towed howitzer is used in the video to fire the projectile.
The video shows that the barrel of the howitzer is pointed high up. This is done so that the projectile can have a greater trajectory, bringing the M982 Excalibur to a greater height. You can also pay attention to the programming of the projectile on the recording. This programming is done using an EPIAFS device. EPIAFS installs an inductive [electronic] detonator in the artillery shell.
In Ukraine, the M982 Excalibur is most often used by two howitzers – the M777A2 and the French Caesar self-propelled howitzer. The range when using the M777A2 is 36-37 km, while with the Caesar the projectile range reaches 46 cm. Ukrainian sources claim that they used the M982 Excalibur with the German PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer. The range they achieved with the PzH 2000 was 48 km.
1,000 M982 Excallibur in Ukraine
According to Western and Ukrainian sources, the US has delivered 1,000 M982 Excalibur rounds to Ukraine. There is no information on how many of them have been used and how many are left as stock. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the delivery of these projectiles took place in July of this year. There is unconfirmed information that Canada has also taken delivery of these shells. Rumor has it that these were leftover quantities from their stockpiles in Afghanistan while the Canadian Armed Forces were carrying out missions there.
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. Moscow also 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. 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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