End of an era: Ukrainian National Guard to replace Soviet-made small arms

The process has already begun and includes the introduction of 5.56 mm caliber UAR-15 assault rifles and UAR-10 sniper rifles made by the Ukrainian company Zbroyar, instead of Kalashnikov assault rifles and Soviet Dragunov sniper rifles

End of an era: Ukrainian National Guard to replace Soviet-made small arms

Photo: Ukrainian National Guard website

The Ukrainian National Guard announced last week that it intends to replace the thousands of Soviet-made assault rifles and sniper rifles in its service. According to a senior officer in the Guard, the replacement has already begun and includes the introduction of 5.56 mm caliber UAR-15 assault rifles and UAR-10 sniper rifles made by the Ukrainian company Zbroyar, instead of Kalashnikov assault rifles and Soviet Dragunov sniper rifles respectively.

According to the Guard statement, the service is also aiming to replace additional weapons. The replacement of Russian RPG-7 rocket launchers with PRSL-1 US-made launchers has already begun, and Stugna and Corsair anti-tank missiles made by the local company Luch have been deployed into service. The announcement emphasizes that Ukrainian-made BTR-3 and BTR-4 APCs are still in service.

The Ukrainian National Guard is a para-military body that also performs policing and law enforcement missions, includes about 60,000 servants and has its own special units.

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