First batch of 120mm mortars being prepared for Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces
Production of the first batch of 120mm mortars for the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is to be completed soon.
Andrii Rymaruk, a representative of the “Come Back Alive” Foundation, said that the first batch had already been inspected.
Mortars were ordered at the expense of philanthropists from the Long Hands of the TDF project.
“We have checked with Taras Chmut the first batch of mortars of the Long Hands of the TDF project. Everything is according to plan,” said Andrii Rymaruk.
The fund has raised UAH 333 million for the purchase of six 120mm mortars and auxiliary equipment, as well as equipment for each Territorial Defense brigade.
The OKKO network of petrol stations has transferred more than UAH 48,000,000 to the project.
Due to this large donation and contributions from other benefactors, the Fund has managed to accumulate funds for the brigades of the Ternopil, Poltava, Rivne, Vinnytsia, Cherkasy, Mykolaiv, Khmelnytsky, Kirovohrad, Zakarpattia, Odesa and Chernivtsi regions.
The TDF has 60mm and 82mm mortars. The Fund is to purchase 120mm mortars, which will increase the range from 4 to 7.1 kilometers.
“Probably the very first time in our history, civil society buys weapons for its army through volunteers! And believe me, there will be alot weapons this year,” said Taras Chmut.
Each TDF brigade will receive a set from the Fund, including:
- six 120mm mortars;
- three pickups;
- 14 Motorola radios;
- 9 night vision monoculars (gen 3);
- 3 copters;
- 3 Starlinks;
- 8 special tablets;
- 3 uninterruptible power supplies;
- 3 inverters;
- 3 binoculars.
For its part, the Command of the Territorial Defence Forces provides 7 trucks for each battery to transport mortars and the unit’s property.
Fundraising was organized separately for each region, one set costing more than 10 million hryvnias. It regards a total of 186 120mm mortars and 93 high-pass SUVs, which are necessary for the functioning of such mortar groups.
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