Ukraine’s navy says that it has destroyed one other Russian UR-77 Meteorit, a mine-clearing car that the Kremlin has reportedly used as an offensive weapon to launch missiles.
Ukraine’s Operational Command South, a navy formation protecting a lot of the nation’s southern area, stated in a Fb publish on Friday that Ukrainian forces had eradicated the Soviet-era deminer within the forest exterior of the northeastern Kharkiv area. The publish follows a string of latest boisterous bulletins by Ukrainian officers touting the destruction of Russian navy tools.
“It’s value noting that that is removed from the primary such trophy on the account of our fighters,” the command stated within the publish. “Because the starting of the large-scale invasion of the Russian occupation forces, greater than a dozen related enemy automobiles have been captured and destroyed.”
Developed within the Nineteen Seventies, the UR-77 Meteorit is meant to keep up troop developments by clearing minefields, in line with WeaponSystems.web. The armored car makes use of a roof-mounted launcher to fireplace two line costs by rocket over minefields with the intent of detonating and clearing mines. The UR-77 Meteorit clears a 20-foot-wide path for advancing troops that may be so long as 300 toes.
The UR-77 Meteorit had been utilized by the Russian Military in its first and second battle towards a Chechnyan rebellion and by the Kremlin-allied Syrian authorities towards rebels. The Kremlin has additionally reportedly supplied it to separatists combating towards Ukraine following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.
The car is manned by a driver and commander-operator and might efficiently full a demining in a matter of minutes whereas solely taking 30 to 40 minutes to recharge, in line with a Russian navy web site.
“Nevertheless, in an actual fight scenario, it’s not often used on this means,” Ukraine’s Operational Command South stated within the publish. “A cost explosion doesn’t give a 100% assure that the realm is demined. Specifically, mines which have double-thrust detonators or anti-personnel mines of pressure motion could stay intact. Additionally, magnetic and infrared mine detonators don’t react to the blast wave.”
The command continued to say that Russian forces have used the UR-77 Meteorit towards civilian infrastructure in Ukrainian cities. Experiences have additionally emerged that the car has been used offensively by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. These experiences haven’t been independently verified by Newsweek.
Russian forces earlier within the battle used the UR-77 Meteorit to focus on Ukrainian troopers holed up in a university campus within the japanese metropolis of Rubizhne, in line with navy information web site Sofrep.
Regardless of its unassuming look, the UR-77 Meteorit launched 1,600 kilos of PVV-7 plastic explosives, trailed by a 90-meter-long explosive cost that detonated concurrently, in line with the web site.
Newsweek reached out to the Russian authorities for remark.