BARS-8MMK mobile mortars began operational service tests with Ukrainian air assault troops

Six BARS-8MMK 120mm mobile mortar systems (also known as UKR-MMC) began operational service tests with the Ukrainian air assault troops, the press service of SE Ukroboronprom reports. The vehicle is designed to support the operations of mechanized units, sabotage and reconnaissance groups, as well as for counter-battery fire, for instance.
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Bars-8MMK mobile mortar (Picture source: Ukroboronprom)

The 120mm mortar system has a maximum range of up to 7,100 m. It includes an automatic aiming system that adjusts the calculation with regard for the information of the onboard weather station. It also maintains the position of the barrel after the shot.

The acceptance tests of BARS-8MMK mobile mortar system took place at one of the military training grounds of the Ukrainian Armed Forces back in September 2019, website reports. They proved unsatisfactory, hence the need to modify various elements to meet all the requirements of the military. The necessary modifications were implemented by the manufacturer.

During the training for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Ukraine’s independence, two BARS were spotted among other models of equipment, reports.
Today’s press release of Ukroboronprom does not indicate whether new systems have been transferred for operational service tests, or whether they have been manufactured and delivered to the Armed Forces in 2019.

It was stated that the development of BARS-8MMK was carried out in cooperation with the Spanish company Everis Aeroespacial in Defensa S.L.U., which developed a mechanism for deployment into combat position, fire control system and a base plate. 

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Bars-8MMK mobile mortar control station (Picture source: Ukroboronprom)

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Bars-8MMK 120mm round (Picture source: Ukroboronprom)