The Vilkha multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), a clone of the Smerch MLRS from the Soviet era has been accepted into the Ukrainian army and its industrial production will start soon.
The new system was developed by Luch, the state design bureau in Kyiv. Experts say that supplies for the troops will start in mid-2019, according to UAWire.
Development the Vilkha multiple-launch rocket system RS began in January 2016 and it was completed in May 2018. The system is based on the old Soviet Smerch MLRS.
The Vilkha was successfully tested in April and December 2017. In February 2018, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov announced that industrial production of cruise missiles for Vilkha would start at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019.
In April 2018, during the regular military exercises, Turchynov stated that the Vilkha outperformed the Russian Smerch in every way.
Ukraine successfully conducted another series of tests of a modern Ukrainian- made Vilkha missile system last week. As UNIAN reported, President Poroshenko wrote on Facebook on December 22: "I congratulate all Ukrainians on the successful test of the Ukrainian Vilkha missile system
Indian Ministry of Defence has issued a tender to local companies to buy six regiments of homemade Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers (MRBL) estimated to be worth $2 billion. "The indigenous rocket launcher system is required to meet Army's operational necessities and replacing the Russian Grad BM-21 and Smerch rocket systems," an unnamed Indian Army official was quoted as saying by Defensenews
India is in discussion with Russia on manufacturing ammunition for Russian-made Smerch multiple rocket launchers in the country. "Talks are continuing, the Indian side is considering an appropriate form of cooperation, whether it will be a joint venture or co-production
Rosoboronexport and Indian Ministry of Defence agreed to start up a joint venture in India for manufacturing production and post sale servicing of rocket projectiles. "Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) signed an MoU for a joint venture with Russian Rosoboronexport and Splav 'SPA' to manufacture five versions of Smerch rockets based on the transfer of technology from Russia," the Rosoboronexport company said
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