Footage of the Polish self-propelled mortar M120 Rak, which is in service with one of the brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, has appeared

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Footage of the Polish self-propelled mortar M120 Rak, which is in service with one of the brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, has appeared

Not long ago, Poland supplied Ukraine with 120-mm M120 Rak self-propelled mortars. Currently, they are in service with at least the 44th separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and possibly other Ukrainian formations.

These self-propelled mortars have certain advantages associated with the high level of development of automation, computerization and mobility. This makes such mortars serious weapons on the battlefield. But they are not without certain drawbacks.



The main and most important disadvantage of such a mortar is its short firing range. It is only 8 kilometers. Because of this circumstance, the mortar can become easy prey not only for Lancet loitering ammunition, which is actively used by Russian troops to destroy enemy military equipment, but also for Russian FPV-drones.


Footage of Polish self-propelled mortars in service with the 44th mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has appeared on the Internet. In these frames we can see that a kind of “defense” is being built around the mortars from attacks by Russian Lancets.




By the way, the Ukrainian military itself considers these loitering ammunition of the Russian Armed Forces to be one of the most effective means of destroying weapons and military equipment. Close to the front, they bring a lot of problems to the Ukrainian formations on the front line, regularly knocking out Tanks, Western-made armored vehicles, and other military equipment.
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    1. 0
      11 December 2023 15: 18
      They burn for a dear soul... the same wood in the firebox as the rest, other miscellaneous things.
    2. 0
      11 December 2023 15: 28
      Why can’t psheks be called psheks! Lyakh can be, he can be a curva, but pshek can’t! Gentlemen Kshepshitsyulsky and Pshekshitsyulsky appear in literature! So Pshek is a surname! But otherwise, they are Tridvidasts, of course, what else!
      1. 0
        11 December 2023 15: 34
        just call them Bzdashiki Zapodlovskie...there’s no way to “express” them anyway
    3. +1
      11 December 2023 16: 15
      By the way, they adopted this from our Nona. Stopudovo. Or they put it on the wheelbase
      1. 0
        11 December 2023 16: 50
        By the way, they adopted this from our “Nona”

        I thought so too, of course, they’ve stuffed it with electronics, but the shooting capabilities aren’t much better. we had only 6 Nons and two Rheostats in the battery, and here we also added more support machines.
        1. 0
          11 December 2023 18: 22
          Quote: AlexGa
          they've packed a lot of electronics, but the shooting capabilities aren't much better

          The Rak mortar can be installed on various chassis. The tracked version is based on the HSW light tracked chassis (which was developed from the Opal APC), and the wheeled chassis is based on the Rosomak APC. In 2013, at the MSPO exhibition, a variant of the mortar on the chassis of the German Marder infantry fighting vehicle was presented.[9]

          It is capable of making accurate shots at distances from 8 to 12 km. In addition to standard projectiles, it can fire shaped charge projectiles to combat armored vehicles, as well as smoke and illumination ammunition. The transition time from traveling to combat position is no more than 30 seconds. You can leave the firing position within 15 seconds after the last shell is fired.[9]

          The Rak mortar system, in addition to the latter, includes support vehicles: artillery control vehicles, reconnaissance vehicles, technical and logistics support vehicles and weapons repair vehicles. The vehicle is equipped with a digital fire control system, including a thermal imager and a laser rangefinder, so it can operate effectively day and night. Data on the enemy can also be obtained from the FlyEye unmanned aerial vehicle.[9][10]

          The Rak mortar can fire remotely as an unmanned weapon, using commands and data transmitted electronically to the vehicle's computer
      2. +7
        11 December 2023 17: 23
        Quote from: dmi.pris1
        By the way, they adopted this from our Nona. Stopudovo. Or they put it on the wheelbase

        Don't whistle! "Nona" - a rifled gun! M120 Rak-smoothbore...! The Rak has an automatic loader (AZ) installed... but the Nona does not! Cancer “looks” more like a single-barreled “version” of AMOS; that is, NEMO!
        PS There is also a wheeled version of the Nona!
        1. 0
          11 December 2023 17: 53
          Well, don’t whistle right away! I really didn’t know that NONA had a rifled gun. hi
          1. +1
            11 December 2023 22: 14
            Quote from: dmi.pris1
            Well, don’t whistle right away! I really didn’t know that NONA had a rifled gun

            Come on...I'm not out of malice...probably! wassat I... "jokingly, on purpose"! Call me! recourse
      3. +4
        11 December 2023 17: 41
        NONA - howitzer, cannon and mortar.
        Cancer is a mortar and that's it
        1. 0
          11 December 2023 22: 17
          Quote: Siberia55
          Cancer is a mortar and that's it

          ...which can fire direct fire... wink
    4. 0
      11 December 2023 18: 10
      Cancer is it—cancer—the name alone speaks of Polish “creativity” tongue
      1. 0
        11 December 2023 18: 44
        One can have different views on Polish “creativity”, but the RAK is a serious machine. There is no protection for the crew, loading is not done manually, good mobility. The guidance means are quite modern, what else can you ask from a mortar. They write that it is possible to fire straight. Nothing superfluous , everything is to the point. A range of 7-8 km for a mortar is optimal,
        1. 0
          11 December 2023 21: 24
          What did you compare this crap with - with an ordinary mortar? - compare with some Gvozdika - and draw conclusions.
          1. -1
            12 December 2023 08: 56
            Gvozdika is a self-propelled gun that uses projectiles for firing. Cancer self-propelled mortar, ammunition - mortar mine They have different tasks and purposes, how can they be compared? I’m familiar with mortars, though from the Second World War, or rather with what’s left of them. The base plate of a 120 mm mortar weighs 95 kg, don’t you want to carry it around? And a mine weighing a pound will quickly discourage the desire for physical exercise. This self-propelled gun has no problems with transportation and changing positions, and it’s easier for the crew when loading.. So Cancer is not crap, but a completely modern system, extremely dangerous for our soldiers.
            1. 0
              12 December 2023 17: 55
              “How can they be compared” is a pearl good

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