Ukrainian “Smerch” and “Tochka-U” missile complexes were practicing in Kherson region at one of the military training grounds, which is located near the occupied Crimea.
This was reported by ArmiaInform.
The field trainings took place in conditions maximum close to the combat ones. In a very few minutes, a powerful and high-precision weapons were brought to combat readiness for target damaging.
“In the group of troops which defend the south of Ukraine, according to plan, combat training activities are being held every day. Therefore, it is thanks to good skills and experience that our soldiers demonstrate a good discipline and a high professionalism”, accentuated Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev, Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to the Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the squadrons and artillery crews marched quickly, took up the firing positions, expanded and practiced the precise pointing upon the targets. In the closing, they operatively and quickly withdrew from their positions and moved to the areas of concentration.
The Infantry Fighting Vehicle BM-30 “Smerch” (Index GRAU – 9K58) is a multiple-launch rocket system, caliber 300 mm, developed in the USSR. The work on the system construction began in the late 70s, the first test operations took place in 1983 and in 1987, the system entered into military service of the Soviet Army.
According to Wikipedia, if speaking of 2008, Ukrainian Army had 99 “Smerch” systems at the military service”.
Tactical guided missile system 9K79 “Tochka” (Index GRAU – 9K79, according to NATO classification, SS-21 “Scarab”, according to the agreement on the short- and intermediate- range missiles, – OTR-21) – Soviet tactical (divisional) missile complex developed by the Kolomensky Mechanical Engineering Bureau.
Its development began under the Resolution of the Council of Ministers, March 4, 1968. It officially entered into military service of the Soviet Army in 1975, although the mass production of missiles began in 1973.
The modernized missile complex was named 9K79-1 “Tochka-U” (NATO designation – “Scarab B”) and began to enter the army in 1989.