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Ukraine starting grenade launcher munition production for first time in 30 years

Ukrainian VOG-17V grenade launcher munition
Photo: Ukroboronprom

Ukraine’s Impulse plant is starting serial production of a newly-developed ammunition for under-barrel grenade launchers, marking Ukraine’s return to such an industrial capability after a 30-year hiatus.

“Shostka Plant Impulse,” part of state-owned defense industry enterprise Ukroboronprom, will launch mass production of the rounds under a public-private partnership with Special Design Bureau Vector-V, which developed this ammunition.

“Serial manufacture of this ammunition marks the beginning of recovery of Ukraine’s ammunition industry,” the general director of the Ukroboronprom enterprise, Yuriy Husyev, said.

“Impulse possesses all the necessary capabilities and competencies for production and proves its ability to meet the critical need in ammunitions of Ukraine’s army. We also strive that Ukraine’s takes the lead in world arms markets.”

Ukraine has always been dependent on the foreign supplies of this kind of munitions. The cooperation between Vector-V and Impulse will meet the critical need of Ukraine’s army for this ammunition.

According to technical specifications, the VOG-17V ammunition is a 30 mm round that meets NATO standards and delivers 36 grams of explosive at a maximum range of 1,700 meters. The round’s developer says it has carried out a full cycle of state tests with the ammunition.

VOG-17V; Photo: Ukroboronprom

“Today, Ukraine finally got its own production of ammunition for grenade launchers, which has a closed cycle,” Vitaly Zhukov, the head of the Vector-V Special Design Bureau, added.

“I express my gratitude to the management of Ukroboronprom for their full support. Due to this operation, today we are demonstrating ammunition for a grenade launcher, entirely produced from the parts of domestic production,” Vitaly Kainara, head of the Impulse Plant, said, adding that the achievement made Ukraine one of 12 countries with a closed cycle of close range combat ammunition production.