Egyptian armed forces interested in Ukrainian-made MLRS Vilkha-M

(To Stefano Peverati)

According to various sources in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) area, the Cairo armed forces are in talks with the Ukrainian company KPB Luch for the purchase of the 300mm multiple missile launcher system. Vilkha M.

This weapon system that entered service with the Ukrainian armed forces in 2019 immediately attracted interest abroad (Azerbaijan, Algeria, Kuwait, Turkmenistan) without, however, or at least until now, receiving any formal request.

Il Vilkha M it is a derivative of the Soviet heavy rocket launcher BM-30 Smerch, carries a crew of four and can fire 800kg (170kg explosives) single-shot or salvo missiles up to a range of 130km. Each system is equipped with 12 missiles R624M which can be launched totally in 45 seconds hitting the target with a margin of error of less than 15 meters thanks to the maneuverability provided by 90 small rockets.

The missile R624M has both an inertial and GNSS enabled guidance system in order to avoid the risk of signal loss in the presence of disturbing devices, furthermore with the introduction of the laser-guided kit it can be conducted on the target guided by a drone operating in the area , in the Ukrainian case from TB 2 Bayraktar, while in Egypt it could be the Wing Loong.

Il Vilkha M, after the successful tests conducted at the end of March 2020 in the Odessa region, it can be considered one of the most important indigenous weapon systems developed and produced by Kiev following the occupation of Crimea and the conflict in the Donbass region alongside the missile anti-ship Neptune and short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) Hrim 2.

Il Vilkha M if actually purchased from Egypt it will fit into its variegated arsenal alongside the US system M270 and the native version on a wheeled vehicle Sakr-45, as well as short-range ballistic missiles Sakr-80 (FROG-7), Hwasong-6 e Project T (SCUD).

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