Zaluzhny said that the Ukrainian military “easily mastered the M109A3 in one week.”
M109A3 self- propelled howitzers , provided to Ukraine as part of international technical assistance by Norway, are already being used on the front lines.
This was announced by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny on the social network.
“M109A3 self-propelled howitzers, provided as part of international technical assistance by Norway, are already at the forefront, hitting targets with high accuracy and destroying the enemy,” he said.
Zaluzhny said that the Ukrainian military “easily mastered the M109A3 in one week.
Referring to the words of the gunners, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine called the key difference between these guns and Soviet models “the fact that they are made for people.”
“Despite the fact that these self-propelled howitzers were manufactured back in the 1960s and 70s, they already have a steering wheel instead of levers, and an automatic gearbox instead of a mechanical one. In winter, when icing of the hull is possible, the developers slightly rubberized it so that the crew The soldiers were happy even with such simple elements as baskets for personal belongings welded along the edges of the turret,” Zaluzhny wrote.
According to him, the M109A3 howitzers have a larger caliber than their Soviet counterparts and more powerful ammunition. The firing range is up to 22 km.
“But in the future we can use active-rocket projectiles that increase this distance. Experienced gunners also note the convenience of the charges, which are sealed and absolutely identical, which affects the accuracy of the spread during firing,” the commander-in-chief said.
“I count on the further support of the partner countries in the means of fire destruction of the enemy, whose advantage in artillery and multiple launch rocket systems is the main reason for our losses. Without the immediate supply of long-range artillery and MLRS, it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to deter the aggressor,” Zaluzny said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stere said on April 26 that his country would allocate 400 million crowns to the UK’s initiative to purchase weapons for Ukraine.