Artificers in the SeverV brigade, first fielded a Soviet-era RBU-6000 depth charge launcher in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, a detailed report by the Moscow-controlled information agency RF aired on n Jan. 28 said.
A copy of the World War II-era Hedgehog weapon used by the British navy to combat U-boats, the 1960s-era RBU-6000 fires up to a dozen rockets tipped with 23 kg warheads into the water thought by users to contain a submarine.
Images from the Russian official information Sputnik channel showed an RBU-6000 launcher mounted on the chassis of a mid Cold War era Ural truck. Volunteers convert the anti-submarine munitions for land use by changing out explosives and replacing original detonators designed to trigger underwater, the report said.
🇺🇦🇷🇺Russian troops convert Soviet “submarine-killer” into Ukrainian defense-buster— dana (@dana916) January 28, 2024
The RBU-6000 rocket launcher was designed in the early 1960s to destroy submarines and torpedoes. It consists of a horseshoe-shaped arrangement of twelve launch barrels remotely directed by the… pic.twitter.com/YXVq19gKCd
Other Russian mil-blogger platforms showed the system installed on the chassis of a late Cold War T-80 tank, and under testing by a Russian Naval Infantry unit.
⚡️🇷🇺Soldiers from the SeverV brigade of the Volunteer Corps applied know-how and installed an RBU-6000 anti-submarine bomb launcher on the chassis of a Ural truck. In general, these installations are used on the water to destroy submarines, but volunteers have come up with a use… pic.twitter.com/13aIxIX9Wv— SIMPLICIUS Ѱ (@simpatico771) January 24, 2024
The RT story showed a masked soldier telling interviewers the jury-rigged naval system is highly effective against ground targets. Subsequent images showed rockets fired during a night launch hitting a field. In the Sputnik report a masked soldier said the conversion had created an effective battlefield weapon that will bring Russia victory.
RBU-6000 "Smerch-2"— -- GEROMAN -- time will tell - 👀 -- (@GeromanAT) January 23, 2024
on the chassis of the Russian T-80B tank pic.twitter.com/xXjT8YYhbx
According to independent watch groups like the Netherlands’ Oryx, the Russian military during its now 23-month-long invasion of Ukraine has lost more than 1,000 artillery systems of all types, and at least 500 rocket artillery systems.
As losses have mounted the Kremlin military has moved to fill equipment gaps with combat equipment sometimes 60 and 70 years old, including T-55 and T-62 tanks.
A new problem for Russian troops is dense swarms of newly fielded Ukrainian attack drones, the soldier said.
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