Vilkha-M – The Range up to 150 KM and the Warhead Twice as Large as That of the GMLRS
Ukraine is preparing for combat tests Vilkha-M modified multiple launch rocket system, which will be able to hit targets at a distance of up to 150 km, Ivan Vynnyk, the first deputy head of the National Association of the Ukrainian Defense Industries, told The War Zone publication.
Vilkha is a Ukrainian 300 mm multiple rocket launcher, developed on the basis of the Soviet 9K58 Smerch MLRS. Its creation took place in cooperation with about 15 Ukrainian enterprises, including Luch Design Bureau, State joint-stock holding company Artem, Pavlograd Chemical Plant, Orizon-Navigation and others.
Standard Vilkha missiles (product P624), which have been used at the frontline since the first weeks of the great war, have a range of up to 70 km and a warhead weighing 250 kg, against 92 km and 91 kg of GMLRS M30 and M31 missiles of various modifications, which Ukraine will receive from allies for M142 HIMA RS and M270 MLRS MLRS systems.
Modified Vilkha-M missiles already slightly overlap GMLRS M30 / M31 – they can “bring” the occupiers a gift weighing 170 kg at a range of up to 110 km. The new version of the Vilkha-M1, which Vynnyk told The War Zone about, has an even greater range – up to 150 km when using the same 170 kg warhead, or 110-120 km with a 236 kg warhead.
Even more advanced Vilkha-M2 (P624M-2) will be able to deliver a warhead weighing 170 kg to a range of up to 200 km.
According to Vynnyk, modified missiles are under development and will be tested directly in combat conditions, during the upcoming offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the east and south of Ukraine.
We will remind you that the Vilkha / Vilkha-M missiles are guided. Flight correction takes place with the help of special gas engines/rudders in the front part of the missiles. This makes it possible to deploy rockets of one round at a distance of up to 1.5 km. By the way, a round with a package of 12 individual guidance missiles can be executed in just 48 seconds. The circular error probable at a distance of more than 100 km is 30m.
Currently, it is not known how many ready-to-use Vilkha installations the Armed Forces of Ukraine have. The number of missiles of various modifications that remained or were manufactured is also unknown. But while the US is still hesitating whether or not to give Ukraine ATACMS tactical missiles, the Vilkha-M can be a good alternative in preparation for the liberation of the occupied territories.
Weight – 33 tons
Length – 12,000 mm
Width – 3,050 mm
Caliber – 300 mm
Launch platform – modernized BM-30 Smerch
Chassis – KrAZ-7634, 8×8
Speed – 60 km/h
Operational range – up to 100 km
Missile weight – about 800 kg
Fuel – solid
Warhead – high-explosive fragmentation, cluster, others
Warhead weight – 250 kg (Vilkha), 170 kg (Vilkha-M, Vilkha-M1, Vilkha-M2)
Maximum range – up to 70 km (Vilkha), up to 110 km (Vilkha-M), up to 150 km (Vilkha-M), up to 200 km (Vilkha-M2)
Navigation system – inertial and satellite
Accuracy – 30 m (at a distance of more than 100 km)
Circular error probable – 30 m (at a distance of more than 100 km, for Vilkha-M)
Full round – 48 seconds