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Ukraine launches Vilkha rocket production

29th January 2019 - 10:10 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Ukraine has begun the serial production of the new 300mm Vilkha (also known as Olkha) guided rocket launched by the Soviet-era 9K58 Smerch MLRS.

This was revealed by defence minister, Stepan Poltorak. According to him, the Vilkha serial production is underway while MoD continues to fund many other new projects in a bid to enhance the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian military.

Poltorak also said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces received ₴4 billion ($150 million) of funding set to be used for the purchase of new weapons systems, including the Vilkha rockets, in December 2018.

The country’s president Petro Poroshenko

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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