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Ukrainian intelligence chief called on Canada to transfer CRV7 rockets to Ukraine

Ukrainian intelligence chief called on Canada to transfer CRV7 rockets to Ukraine Photo: Head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov has called on Canada to transfer over 80,000 CRV7 rockets to Ukraine. They can be utilized, according to Global News.

Over 83,000 CRV7 rockets designed for ground launch are stored in the Canadian Army's facility in Dundurn, near Saskatoon. Canada no longer requires these munitions and has contracted a private company for their disposal. However, Ukraine, rapidly depleting its reserves, urgently needs these rockets.

"Doing so would help Ukraine fend off Russian forces and save taxpayers the cost of destroying them. We hope it will be a win-win situation," said Budanov.

Canada is considering the possibility of transferring the rockets to Ukraine, but there are several issues. CRV7 is an outdated ordnance that has been in existence for several decades. Secondly, they could pose a danger as they might have become unstable over time. This poses a risk to both those handling them and those transporting them.

Ukrainians claim to be in a dire situation and are willing to take the risk. They argue that they are accustomed to dealing with outdated munitions like the CRV7.

CRV7 rockets

CRV7 rockets are 70-millimeter Canadian unguided aviation rockets with a feathered design, designed for striking ground targets. They were first used by the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971.

This is an upgraded version of the American Hydra 70 rocket with a more powerful engine and an extended flight range. CRV7 can be launched from various aircraft, including fighters, bombers, and helicopters.

The CRV7 rocket has a length of 2.75 meters and a diameter of 70 millimeters. It weighs 13.6 kilograms and has a warhead weighing 6.8 kilograms.

CRV7 can engage targets at a distance of up to 8 kilometers.

Transfer of CRV7 rockets to Ukraine

Earlier, we reported that Canada may transfer CRV7 rockets to Ukraine.

In early February, during a parliamentary session, the leader of the opposition Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre, demanded the shipment of CRV7 rockets to Ukraine. He noted that it would be better to give the ammunition to Ukraine rather than disposing of them.

The Canadian Ministry of Defense believes that before sending the rockets to Ukraine, it is necessary to assess the needs of the Ukrainian army and the effectiveness of the rockets.