Ukrainian state enterprise Ukroboronprom established mass production of 82mm mortar shells on the territory of an unspecified NATO country, the company’s press service announced in a Facebook post on Jan. 11.
Ukroboronprom said “the number of deadly shrapnel recorded during tests… is 2-2.5 times greater than what a regular shell would have,” suggesting newly-produced shells are significantly deadlier than what Ukraine uses currently.
“The size and shape of the fragments are also better than standard ones,” the message said.
In a standard shell the number of fragments that should hit the target at a distance of five meters should reach 198, 70 at 10 meters, and 41 at 15 meters. The new shells produce 460, 140m and 69 shrapnel fragments, respectively.
82mm artillery fragmentation shell is designed to be most effective against enemy infantry, striking from beyond visual range.