The Ukrainian army posted a video on the social network showing the new development of a mobile artillery system based on Soviet manufacture MT-LB multi-role tracked armored vehicle equipped with a towed 100mm MT-12 anti-tank gun.
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Ukraine has developed a new mobile artillery system using an MTLB tracked armored chassis equipped with an MT-12 100 mm anti-tank gun. (Photo source Ukrainian army)
The Ukrainian Armed Forces are developing locally manufactured weapon systems to address the lack of military equipment and more specifically mobile artillery systems.
On June 29, 2022, the Army Recognition editorial team reported that Ukraine had already developed indigenous rocket launcher systems using 122mm rocket launcher tubes mounted on a Unimog light truck and a launcher pod. S-8 rockets from a Ka-52 helicopter mounted on a Mitsubishi. pick-up used to fight Russian troops.
The MT-LB is a multipurpose tracked armored vehicle that was designed at the Kharkov Tractor Plant in Ukraine under the leadership of Anatoliy Belousov in the early 1960s. It was one of the most popular multirole armored tracked vehicles used in the world. It has also been developed in numerous variants to perform a wide range of missions.
The design of the MTLB is based on a low profile armored hull mounted on a tracked armored chassis. The hull of the MT-LB is all-welded steel armor with the crew compartment forward, the engine immediately behind the crew compartment on the left side, and the troop compartment aft of the shell.
For its self-protection, the vehicle is equipped with a single-seat turret mounted at the front right of the hull which is armed with a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun.
The MTLB is powered by a V-8 cylinder diesel engine developing 240 hp at 2,100 rpm mated to a manual transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears. It can drive at a maximum road speed of 61 km/h with a maximum range of 500 km. The vehicle is fully amphibious being propelled through water by its tracks at a maximum speed of 4.5 km/h.
The MT-12 is a 100 mm anti-tank that was developed in Russia and entered service with the Russian Armed Forces in 1961. The gun is operated by a six-man crew consisting of a detachment commander, the driver of the tractor vehicle, gun layer on the left, magazine on the right and two ammunition numbers.
The MT-12 is capable of firing three types of ammunition including the APFSDS (Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot) with a range of 3,000 m, the HEAT (High-Explosive Anti-Tank) with a range of 6,000 m, and the HE (High Explosive) with a range of 8,200 m.