In Ukraine, for the first time, the Czech RM-70 122mm MRL was in use against Russian forces in the East- all 40 rockets fired at once.
The Ukrainian military for the first time published video footage of strikes using RM-70 multiple launch rocket systems. Earlier it became known that these MLRS were indeed delivered to Ukraine from the Czech Republic, however, such equipment was seen behind strikes for the first time.
On the presented video frames, you can see the moment of strikes using RM-70 multiple launch rocket systems. At its core, the RM-70 system is an analogue of the Soviet and Russian Grad systems, however, it has higher maneuverability and is capable of hitting targets at long distances with a larger area covered.
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Judging by the video footage, the RM-70 MLRS fully consumed ammunition, releasing 40 122-mm rocket projectiles. The target on which the strikes were launched is still unknown, however, according to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire and Stabilization of the Situation, on May 21, 2022, such projectiles were used to strike on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, although there is no information about when exactly this video was made is not yet known.
Earlier we reported that the Czech Republic has delivered multiple rocket launchers and howitzers to Ukraine among military shipments that have reached hundreds of millions of dollars and will continue. The RM-70 multiple rocket launcher systems and ShKH vz. 77 DANA 152mm self-propelled howitzers recently delivered to the Ukrainian army from Czech stocks.
These MRLS are essentially variants of the traditional 122mm BM-21 “Grad”, and at least 20 have been transferred for use. The Czech Republic has spare equipment that Ukrainian forces are familiar with in storage as well as a defence industry focused on upgrades and trade in such weapons. It has been among the most active EU nations in backing Ukraine.
The Czech-made RM-70 mrl is highly appreciated for its tactical and technical features, this weapon will significantly increase the attack power of the Ukrainian Army.
The latest version RM-70 Vampire uses a launcher with a completely different design from the base version, it is evaluated as equivalent to Russia’s Tornado-G advanced multiple launch rocket launcher.