UKR 63 Mechanized Brigade Drops Mortar Warheads on Foreheads

This video footage depicts the Ukrainian 63rd Mechanized Brigade, near Torske, in the Donetsk region. The soldiers seen here are using a mortar and SPG-9 to fire on Russian troops downrange. As is becoming increasingly typical, they appear to be using a hovering drone to confirm hits.


First entering Soviet service in 1962, the SPG-9 Kopyo (Spear) is a 62-millimeter recoilless gun. It is normally transported by vehicle due to its weight, and therefore is less popular overall than the RPG. However, we see it here set up in an indirect-fire configuration. In addition to its widespread use across multiple wars, the SPG-9 has the added distinction of being a favorite for maritime use by pirates off the Horn of Africa.

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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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This video footage depicts the Ukrainian 63rd Mechanized Brigade, near Torske, in the Donetsk region. The soldiers seen here are using a mortar and SPG-9 to fire on Russian troops downrange. As is becoming increasingly typical, they appear to be using a hovering drone to confirm hits.


First entering Soviet service in 1962, the SPG-9 Kopyo (Spear) is a 62-millimeter recoilless gun. It is normally transported by vehicle due to its weight, and therefore is less popular overall than the RPG. However, we see it here set up in an indirect-fire configuration. In addition to its widespread use across multiple wars, the SPG-9 has the added distinction of being a favorite for maritime use by pirates off the Horn of Africa.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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