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Ukrainian mechanics have mastered the repair of US M777 howitzers. Repair units of the Ukrainian army have mastered the repair of individual components of American 155-mm towed howitzers M777. Despite the fact that Ukrainian companies do not have permission, in accordance with American export laws, to repair the barrels of American M777 howitzers, they are partially doing so. According to General of the Ukrainian Army Karpenko, after each “artillery contact” almost a third of the guns fail due to shrapnel and have to be repaired. Due to the lack of spare parts, mechanics have to assemble one howitzer from several and use civilian components, converting them into howitzers. For example, a pipe from one of the excavators was converted and installed on a howitzer. According to mechanics, some howitzers have already returned 3-4 times for repairs. The American 155 mm howitzer has been in production since 2005, it is a British designed howitzer, but final assembly is carried out in the USA. The firing range of a conventional projectile is 25 km, the active-reactive M982 Excalibur is about 40 kilometers, but they are already running out.

 

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Footage of the production of American 155-mm artillery ammunition in Pennsylvania. The shells for the Ukrainian army are produced by the Scranton Army Ammunition Plant (SCAAP), a facility of the United States Army Ammunition Command. The plant was specially modernized to produce shells for Ukraine; the plant produces only metal parts of shells, after which it sends them for additional assembly to other enterprises.
Before the conflict in Ukraine, the plant produced an average of 7 thousand artillery shells per month. It is expected that by 2027 it will produce 35 thousand.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems produces 105mm, 120mm and 155mm ammunition. It is one of seven manufacturing arsenals producing combat equipment for the U.S. military. Currently the plant employs 270 people. Recently there was a fire at the factory.

 

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The Ukrainian army has modernized the Sea Baby naval drones by equipping them with MLRS installations. For modernization, guides for 122-mm rockets from the Grad MLRS systems were used. In the video you can see them in use. The modernization was carried out in the winter. Nowadays, Sea Baby drones have become a multi-purpose platform that can perform various tasks. The latest models of maritime drones are made of stealthy materials, have redundant communication systems and can carry up to 850 kg of cargo, including explosives.

 

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Lithuania will transfer six Amber-1800 radars to Ukraine. The radars will be purchased as part of the German “Immediate Air Defense Action” initiative. The Amber-1800 radar was developed by the Lithuanian company Altimus-Tech and was first shown in 2014. In Ukraine, the station is produced under the name Yantar-1800. The AMBER-1800 radar is designed to automatically detect airborne objects and determine their current coordinates. The Amber-1800 radar is located on two vehicles. A truck with a hardware cabin that houses the operator and electronic equipment and a trailer with a six-meter radar and two power supply units. The radar provides detection of air targets, depending on the transmitter power and the target's ESR value, at a range from 100 meters to 400 km. The approximate effective scattering surface of air targets is shown on the screen. The deployment time of the Amber-1800 radar is 12 minutes, the installation is controlled by two operators. The price has not been announced.

 

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Sweden will transfer to Ukraine two of its Saab 340 AEW&C long-range radar reconnaissance aircraft, also called ASC 890. The aircraft will coordinate the work of Ukrainian F-16 fighter pilots. It is worth noting that training the crew of a Saab 340 AEW&C aircraft takes a long time and the aircraft may not be handed over soon; perhaps the aircraft crews were trained in advance. Also, for full operation, the plane must rise to a height of about 6 kilometers, which is quite dangerous in Ukraine. The Saab 340 AEW&C aircraft was developed on the basis of the Saab 340B passenger aircraft and made its first flight in 1994; Sweden also produces a similar AWACS aircraft, the Saab 2000 AEW&C, based on the Saab 2000 aircraft. The twin-engine turboprop aircraft Saab 340 AEW&C is equipped with an Ericsson Microwave System Erieye PS radar. 890/ASC-890 with active grille developed in 1985. The PS-890 Erieye radar allows you to detect fighters, helicopters, cruise missiles and targets at sea, at a range of 300-400 kilometers, when the aircraft is flying at an altitude of 6096 meters. The aircraft system is compatible with on-board systems and NATO standards. The aircraft crew, including radar operators, consists of 6 people, patrol time is about 5 hours.

 

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Defense line of the Ukrainian army in the Kyiv region. Footage of the constructed defensive structures of the Ukrainian army in the Kyiv region has been published. It is worth noting that earlier, deputy of the Ukrainian Rada Irina Gerashchenko visited the Kharkov region and stated that the work on the construction of fortifications in the region was only an “imitation of vigorous activity”; money for fortifications in the Kharkov region was rolled into the ground for 1.5 years. The authorities of the Kyiv region, after a scandal surrounding reports of possible embezzlement during the construction of fortification lines on the borders of the Kharkov region, attracted special services and public organizations to check the construction of defensive lines in the region.

 
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