Ukraine uses the SMArt shell which searches and destroys by itself

BERLIN ($1 = €1.00) — Does Ukraine use smart munitions? In recent days there has been talk in the public space that the Ukrainian armed forces are already operating with ammunition supplied by Germany – SADAM/SMArt carrier shells. At the moment there is no official information that this type of ammunition is used on the territory of Ukraine, but there is officially confirmed information that Ukrainian gunners were trained in Germany to work with them.

According to an interview with a German colonel, who explains how Ukrainians were trained to work with the PzH 2000 artillery system, it is clear that training courses for working with SADAM / SMArt missiles were conducted on this system. It makes perfect sense that such a path should be pursued if the German government intends to deliver (or has already delivered) the smart munitions.

What is the characteristic of SADAM/SMArt?

These are 155mm artillery shells [or rockets] who seek and destroy the target themselves. SMArt uses two sub-missiles and a multi-sensor guidance system. In addition to Germany, this ammunition is in service in several other countries, such as Switzerland, Greece and Australia. SMArt is used against any armored or heavy artillery ground equipment, incl. destruction of towed or self-propelled howitzers, armored personnel carriers and other heavy armored vehicles for infantry, including tanks.

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How SADAM/SMArt works

A self-propelled projectile is fired with a time-delay fuse that contains two sub-projectiles. Once the missile reaches the target area, the carrier missile disintegrates and the sub-projectiles are ejected and freefall on parachutes. At a certain altitude, tracking systems are activated, which are infrared and radio sensors.

After detecting the target, the sensors determine and record its data, then fire an explosive projectile moving at hypersonic speed towards it. The target is previously destroyed due to the kinetic energy of the cumulative flux.

If the missile does not hit any targets, it self-destructs, avoiding unexploded or harmful missiles.

Ukraine uses self-seeking and self-destructing 155mm SMArt carrier shell
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Can Ukrainians use this ammunition?

The answer is yes, since they have the celestial weapon system, but as we wrote at the beginning, there are no official data on the use of this projectile, which does not exclude the possibility of use it. SADAM/SMArt can be fired from two of the weapon systems in the inventory of the Ukrainians that have already been delivered – the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer and the 22.5 km with the M109A3GA1.

However, the range is different when using different artillery – when firing a PzH 2000 projectile, the range reaches 28 km, while when firing the same projectile from the M109A3GA1, the range is less by five kilometers – 23 km.

Realistically, this ammunition can destroy any Russian vehicle currently in Ukraine, regardless of size, size, combat capability, etc.

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