Newest Ukrainian Mortar Launchers M120-15 Molot Are Jammed

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Ukrainian military are not satisfied with the quality of the 120-mm mortar launchers M120-15 Molot. During the first tests, the vertical mechanism of launchers was jammed. Two months after the start of the using, the tubes have started to rust. The paint has started to peel off and erase.

Newest Ukrainian Mortar Launchers M120-15 Molot Are Jammed

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Ukrainian military are not satisfied with the quality of the 120-mm mortar launchers M120-15 Molot provided to the army for testing, local mass media reported on Monday.

Cosmoliners in the Rivne region received six mortar launchers in June. During the first test, the vertical mechanism of two launchers was jammed. Some time later, militaries couldn’t change the angle of the laying for range of other M120-15s.

Militaries also have claims to the quality of the metal. Two months after the start of the using of the launchers, its tubes have started to rust. The paint has started to peel off and erase. Herewith, each mortar launcher costs above 483,000 hryvnias (about $19,500).

The M120-15 Molot is mortar launchers designed to destroy enemy troops and equipment in the blockhouses and fighting holes, as well as fortifications. The military hardware was developed by the Kiev plant Mayak in just two months by the order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. According to developers, in contrast to the Soviet models, the M120-15 Molot was made from new alloys that prolong the life of the product. They also said that new engineering solutions should reduce the number of failures.

In the fall of 2015, Ukrainian media reported on plans to produce more than 400 mortars during the year, but actually the first batch of 12 units were provided to the army only in June.

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