Ukraine Starts Mass Production of 40x53mm Grenades

Ukrainian state-owned defense corporation UkrOboronProm has announced that a local munitions manufacturing company called “ Impulse” in cooperation with another domestic defense corporation called “ Kuznya on Rybalsky” will start the mass production of NATO standard high velocity 40x53mm grenades. These grenades are used in automatic grenade launchers such as the US Mk 19.

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Ukrainian Schmeisser Makarov Less-Lethal Pistol!?

I agree … the title of this article sounds like trolling or some sort of clickbaiting heresy. The expressions like Ukrainian Schmeisser and Smeisser Makarov alone sound like they are either a typo or an April Fools’ Day joke. However, believe it or not, this less-lethal Makarov replica is made by a Ukrainian company called Schmeisser!

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Bolt-Action Rifle Chassis by "Automatic" of Ukraine

A couple of months ago we talked about a Ukrainian company called Automatic that makes functional replicas of historical firearms. The majority of this company’s products are those replicas. One could expect from a company that much specialized in historical firearms not to have a presence in the modern arms and accessories market because these are just way too different niches. However, that is not the case with the Automatic. Along with the MP-38, PPD-34/38 and Mauser C 96 carbine replicas they also make a modern aluminum bolt action rifle chassis!

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National Guard of Ukraine Purchases American-Made RPG-7 Launchers

Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, has announced on his Facebook page that the first shipment of 500 American-made RPG-7 clone rocket-propelled grenade launchers has been received by the National Guard of Ukraine. These launchers are called PSRL which stands for Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launcher. They are manufactured by a US company called AirTronic USA.

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Two New Firearms Made in the Self-Proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic

A local TV channel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has published a video telling about two domestically made firearms: an anti-materiel rifle and a twin-barreled machine gun. They adapted or used the parts of standard-issue guns to build weapon systems that could be used in different roles than the donor firearms. Let’s take a look at each of these guns.

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Illegal Firearms Seized in Kiev, Ukraine

Recent news from the National Police of Ukraine and local Ukrainian websites were full of reports concerning seizures of illegal firearms. The diversity of types and origins of these firearms is amazing. I decided to combine all the information from these news reports into a single article and present it to our readers.

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Historical Firearm Replicas Made by AUTOMATIC of Ukraine

A Ukrainian company called “ AUTOMATIC” manufactures functional replicas of historical firearms. Right now there are six firearms listed on the company’s website which include the semi-auto replicas of German MP-18/I, MP-18/IV, MP-38, Russian PPD-34/38 and Mauser C 96 carbine.

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Dangerous Armor Testing Conducted by UARM of Ukraine (DO NOT Try This at Home)

A Ukrainian company called  UARM is specialized in body armor manufacturing. They have recently published quite a controversial video where they demonstrate the performance of their armor in the most unsafe manner one can imagine. The director of the company wears a plate carrier with one of their armor plates inside it and another employee shoots him with an AK-47.

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USA Transfers 2,500 Night Vision Helmet Mounted Monoculars to Ukraine

As an aid to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the United States transferred 2,500 night vision helmet mounted monoculars to Ukraine. The ceremony was held in the US embassy in Kiev, Ukraine. The US side was represented by Marie Yovanovitch, the United States ambassador to Ukraine and the representative of Ukraine in this event was Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The mentioned number of the night vision devices is enough to arm ten battalions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The sum of transfer is $5.8M.

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Ukraine Adopts New Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle the UAR-10

Ukraine’s armed forces have adopted a new semi-automatic sniper rifle to replace the venerable SVD. Ukraine has announced the adoption of the Zbroyar Z-10, a semi-automatic 7.62×51mm sniper rifle, as the UAR-10.  This means not only changing the weapon system but also the caliber itself.

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Illegal Firearms Seized in Odessa, Ukraine

About a month ago there was a shootout involving a criminal and Ukrainian police officers in Odessa, Ukraine. After the raid on the building where the suspect was shooting from and the subsequent search, police also found an illegal gun shop and  seized several firearms made there. These kinds of incidents frequently happen all over the world. It wouldn’t be too interesting from the firearms standpoint if not the nature of the guns that were seized.

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Ukrainian Military Receives First M4-WAC-47s

Ukroboronprom, the state-owned Ukrainian defence concern, has confirmed the first deliveries of its M4-WAC-47 rifle to Ukrainian troops for evaluation. The rifle, based on the M4, is chambered in 7.62x39mm, earlier information had referred to the weapon as the M16-WAC-47.

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Ukraine Wants to Develop a HUD for Armored Crews, Other Uses Welcome

With what appears to be a gadget straight out of Star Wars, a Ukrainian developmental agency by the name of Innovations Development Platform is looking for international partners and possibly investors to take part in the agencies Limpid Armor product. Using an already developed tech item from Microsoft, the HoloLens, Limpid Armor is taking it a step further and has worked through combining HoloLens with armored vehicles and video cameras surrounding the armored vehicle. The Microsoft HoloLens is  originally designed to be optimal for generated holographs through the user-worn headset. However, Innovations Development Platform realized the potential of hooking it up to a helmet and essentially replacing holographs with streaming video from the outside of an armored vehicle.

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U.S. Approves $41.5 Million Precision Rifle Sale to Ukraine

Along with the recent defense deal that the United States is in with Ukraine over Javelin anti-tank missiles, is the news that the State Department just approved an export license for Barrett Firearms to sell M107A1s to Ukraine. The Ukranian military has had a constant issue sourcing effective anti-material rifles in the current conflict. Both because of the complexity of the political situation and finding potential buyers, but also because of the difficulty of manufacturing small arms in the country itself amid the economic conditions. Thus, we see such inventions as the DShK converted rifle/bipod mount, or pretty much anything else that can be improvised to sling lead at an opposing force.

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USA to Sell FGM-148 "Javelin" Anti-Tank Missiles to Georgia and Ukraine

According to Levan Izoria, the Minister of Defense of Georgia, United States have approved the deal of selling FGM-148 “Javelin” anti-tank missiles to Georgian Armed Forces. The total sum of the contract will be $75 Million. The subject of the contract is 72 launchers (Command Launch Units) and 410 Javelin missiles. In his speech, Levan Isoria added that Georgia needs these systems solely for defensive purposes.

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