CRV7 missiles have been in storage for years and may be unstable. Now Ukraine is discussing the issue of their transfer with Canada, in particular, waiting for the decision of the allies.
The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, called on Canada to transfer more than 83 thousand CRV7 ground attack missiles, which can be neutralized at a military base in Saskatchewan. This was reported by Global News.
Budanov noted that this would help the Ukrainian Armed Forces fight off enemy attacks and would save Canadian taxpayers money on the destruction of ammunition.
“We hope that this will be a winning situation,” said Kirill Budanov.
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Budanov noted that the CRV7 would be needed for Ukrainian attack helicopters and for ground launchers. He noted that Ukraine is now discussing this issue with Canada, but is still awaiting a decision.
Canadian officials say they are reviewing the request, but caution that CRV7s have already been stored for decades and may be unstable, making them dangerous to use and transport. In turn, Kirill Budanov noted that he is not worried, since the Ukrainian Armed Forces are accustomed to working with old ammunition. In addition, about eight thousand Canadian missiles may be in pristine condition, while some of the munitions are still equipped with warheads.
Are CRV7 rockets safe?
A Canadian military official noted that most of the 83,303 missiles are tubes with rocket motors that do not have a warhead and are therefore awaiting disposal. In addition to concerns about the safe transportation of ammunition, another concern arises – transferring the weapons would mean terminating the contract with the disposal company that is building a special facility for this work.
Experts said CRV7s use solid fuel so can be safe provided they are stored properly and not exposed to moisture or contamination.
“Instead of forcing Canadians to pay millions of dollars to decommission these weapons, common sense Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau government to transfer these weapons to Ukraine, which can use them to defend its sovereignty,” the Conservatives said Friday, February 2, in Ottawa.
According to a spokesman for Canadian Defense Minister Bill Blair, the government is “conducting tests to ensure that this equipment is effective and safe to transport to Ukraine before any potential donation.”
CRV7 missiles: what is known
The Canadian Rocket Vehicle, or CRV7, is a rocket that was manufactured by Bristol Aerospace in Winnipeg. Canada used the CRV7 on aircraft, notably the CF18. The unguided aircraft missile has a caliber of 70 mm with fins designed to strike ground targets.
Let us recall that on February 5, the commander of the Joint Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Sergei Naev, said that Ukraine would receive F-16 aircraft and missiles with a range of hitting targets of 300-500 kilometers. According to him, the new weapons will allow the Ukrainian Armed Forces to achieve great success on the battlefield.
On February 2, the media reported that Ukraine and Australia were negotiating the possible transfer of Abrams tanks and Tiger attack helicopters. In particular, this may happen due to the fact that Australia is replacing outdated Abrams M1A1 SA tanks with the new M1A2 SEPv3 version and plans to retire 22 helicopters.