The Czech Republic has been among the many most lively nations in supporting the Ukrainian army with donations and gross sales of weapons and ammunition “A Present for Putin” is reimagining the idea of army support. As an alternative of creating a donation to an NGO or ready till governments agree on weapon help, it urges supporters to assist strengthen the Ukrainian army through an internet buy of kit and weapons. From medical tools or ammunition value lots of of crowns to firearms promoting for 1000’s of crowns and a tank with a price ticket of CZK 30 million. The brand new crowdfunding marketing campaign “Gift for Putin” has efficiently raised new funds to buy 15 Viktor cellular short-range air protection methods for Ukrainian Military.

The Viktor relies on a civilian Toyota pickup chassis fitted with a modernised variant of the Czech anti-aircraft weapon with a pair of ZPU 2 machine weapons design by the Czech protection firm Excalibur Military. The ZPU is a household of towed anti-aircraft gun based mostly on the Soviet 14.5×114mm KPV heavy machine gun. The cellular short-range air protection methods use extremely efficient 14.5×114 mm ammunition to destroy airborne or, if mandatory, floor targets. It has a sturdy building and good firing accuracy – the efficient vary is over 2 kilometres. The Viktor is supplied with a day and evening anti-aircraft sight, in addition to a sight for direct hearth on floor targets.


ZPU 2/4 anti-aircraft gun. (Photograph by Excalibur Military)

Alongside the Kalashnikov, probably the most ubiquitous manufacturers being utilized in numerous conflicts throughout the World is the long-lasting Toyota pickup. The Viktor makes use of a modified Toyota pickup chassis together with a bolstered suspension and a modified physique permitting firing from within the crew cabin. Utilizing the Toyota chassis, the automobile gives excessive mobility within the highway and off-road situations. The hardwearing and intensely dependable Toyota ticks all of the bins for finishing up such a job. These rapid-fire 14.5 mm machine weapons have a ready-to-fire provide of 300 rounds in magazines, and one other 300 rounds in spare magazines immediately on the gun carriage, with further rounds carried in bins on the hull of the automobile.

With an skilled operator, it is rather efficient towards medium and huge drones, in addition to plane and helicopters working at low altitudes, in addition to flippantly armored autos, enemy fortifications, and is sort of devastating towards reside forces. The provider of this anti-aircraft system is a modified Toyota off-road automobile with bolstered suspension and a particular adapter on the hull that enables firing immediately from the automobile. Because of its highly effective four-litre engine and 4×4 drive, the Victor offers wonderful mobility and the power to maneuver shortly, even in tough terrain.

15 Viktor Mobile Short-range Air Defense System
15 Viktor cellular short-range air protection system. (Photograph by Weapons to Ukraine)