The Ukrainian military began using Mark 19 grenade launchers

Cars with Mark 19 grenade launchers in the Armed Forces
Cars with Mark 19 grenade launchers in the Armed Forces
© Photo: OK "West"
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: May 23 2022 at 10:43 am

The Armed Forces of Ukraine use 40-caliber Mark 19 automatic grenade launchers of American production.

This was reported in the Operational Command "West".

The grenade launchers arrived in Ukraine as part of security assistance from the United States.

Mobile groups in cars equipped with American Mark 19 automatic grenade launchers are already working in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and are fighting the Russian occupiers.

grenade launcher Mark 19
Ukrainian military with a grenade launcher Mark 19. Photo: OK "West"

The supply of these weapons became known earlier this year.

Ammunition for 40-mm automatic grenade launchers transferred to the United States Photo: Twitter / Alexey Reznikov

It is known that only on February 3, Ukraine received 85 tons of 40-mm shots to automatic grenade launchers , which were delivered by the seventh American plane this year with military assistance.

Armed Forces of Ukraine with Mark 19. grenade launchers Photo: OK "West"

It is possible that Mk 19 grenade launchers have been supplied to the Armed Forces before, as 40-mm shots have repeatedly been part of the cargo of American aircraft, including in the fall of 2021.

Mk 19 grenade launcher (from Mark 19) is an American automatic machine grenade launcher with tape power for 40 × 53 mm ammunition. Mark 19 has been in service with the US Army since the late 1960s in various versions.

Grenade launcher Mark 19. Photo: OK "West"

Mk 19 in contrast to the existing in the Armed Forces of Ukraine AGS-17 has a wider range of ammunition:

  • regular M430 HEDP is multi-purpose with fragment-cumulative action (punches up to 50 mm of armor-piercing steel, and the radius of damage - 5 meters)
  • fragment M383 and M384
  • training M385
40-mm automatic grenade launcher Mk 19 Photo from open sources

Each standard box contains 32 shots connected by M16A2 links in a ribbon.

Military Armed Forces with grenade launchers Mark 19. Photo: OK "West"

The modification transferred to Ukraine was made in the period from 1981 to 2000 in the United States. The grenade launcher is also licensed in countries such as the Republic of Korea and Turkey.

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