The infamous Ukrainian 120mm mortar “Hammer”, nicknamed “destroyer APU”, again “distinguished himself”. According to intelligence agency NM LPR, another mortar explosion led to the death of military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
As stated by the official representative of the NM LPR Yakov Osadchiy, by a mortar explosion “Hammer” at the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the JFO zone, two Ukrainian servicemen were killed, two more were seriously injured.
23 March in the 9th battalion of the 59th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine due to the rupture of the bore of the M120-15 mortar “Hammer”, which in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was nicknamed “self-destruction weapon”, four militants were seriously injured, two of whom died on the spot
– It said in a statement.
According to available information, the fact of the death of servicemen is presented as a result “violations of the rules when handling weapons”, a special commission has been appointed to find out the reasons for the incident.
Judging by the message of NM LPR, a mortar exploded at the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “old” versions М120-15, serial deliveries of which to the Armed Forces of Ukraine began in 2016 year. Recall, that the mortar was approved for use in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2015 year, but due to numerous mortar incidents, leading to the death of Ukrainian servicemen, it was decided to remove it from service. According to the official data of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, from “hammer” killing 13 Ukrainian military.
At the beginning of this year, representatives of the plant “Lighthouse”, who developed the mortar, announced the return “hammer” us the armament of the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the modernization, which took two years. The plant has improved the mechanism for preventing double loading, replaced the base plate with a lighter one and modified the wheel travel mechanism.