Ukraine installs Norwegian naval Mistral VSHORAD on off-road vehicles

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According to sources in Ukraine and a YouTube video, the Ukrainian armed forces have decided to create a new air defense system, or a new ground-to-ground system, by installing Mistral VSHORAD missiles donated by Norway on off-road vehicles.

Seen from YouTube, the World news channel shows a photo of a Norwegian Mistral VSHORAD missile system mounted on a van. The entire system simply attaches to the truck’s cargo compartment floor using welded or drilled bolts.

BulgarianMilitary.com remember that at the end of april, the Norwegian government decided to donate Mistral anti-aircraft missile systems used by the Scandinavian navy to Ukraine. Although at the time, this donation seemed rather strange (the donated system was intended for patrol boats and warships), the Ukrainians have found ways to integrate the naval version of the Mistral VSHORAD into its land-based variety.


Norway considered the Mistral VSHORAD to be the most suitable donation for the Ukrainians. But in reality, Norway plans to replace these 1990s systems with newer versions. So the question remains whether the missile systems were donated due to Ukraine’s needs or because they have to be lost anyway. Mistral has the following technical data: it weighs 19.7 kg, has an effective operational range of 6 km, the warhead weighs 2.95 kg, and the missile flies at a maximum speed of 800 m/sec.

against cruise missiles


Of course, the current version of this missile from MDBA has a range of up to 7.5 km, but Norway is unlikely to renew the stocks purchased in the 90s. Therefore, in order to understand the effectiveness of these weapons, it would be correct focus on indicators from previous versions.

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As with many other missiles in this class, an infrared targeting head is used for guidance. Missile detonation is possible with a contact or remote laser detonator. Combined with a powerful warhead, this can be a deciding factor in complete destruction, not damage to the target.

At the same time, the question of a “put online” Mistral emerges. First of all, you need a machine to get started. The missiles will be able to be transferred with Sibmad launchers, which will be removed from the ships. Or the armed forces will receive separate ground launchers.

Second, to ensure mobility, the starter must be installed on a mobile platform. At the same time, such an installation will not be effective in the foreground, because the range of Mistral launches is similar to the much less noticeable man-portable anti-aircraft missile system.

Therefore, according to experts, one of the few effective scenarios for the use of SAM Mistral in Ukraine is protection against cruise missiles. The fact is that one of the main tasks of Sibmad with Mistral is the destruction of anti-ship missiles, which do not differ much from the in-flight parameters of cruise missiles.



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