The TR-F1 towed howitzers were retired from the French army, but they will soon return to the battlefield, in Ukraine.

According to a source from the French defense ministry, Ukraine has received six TRF1 155mm towed howitzers. Since the outbreak of hostilities, France has handed over a large number of supplies and equipment to Ukraine, covering the entire range of needs expressed by the Ukrainian side.

The French Army possessed about 105 of these howitzers, and it was never widely used, partly because of its small number. The FRF1 has been exported to a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, and Senegal, in quantities of several dozen units.

The TR-F1’s armament is a 155 mm/L40 gun, similar to that used on the AU-F1 GCT self-propelled howitzer. It can fire all standard NATO 155 mm ammunition. It is able to move independently at a speed of 8 km/h, and there is a hydraulic rammer, which helps to load the shells. It takes 2 minutes to prepare this howitzer for firing. It takes another 2 minutes to leave the firing position.

The crew of the howitzer consists of seven people. The maximum range of the TRF1 is 24 km. It uses a variety of projectiles, mostly of the conventional type. However, if the howitzer fires active-reactive projectiles, the range increases to 30 km. The TRF1 can fire up to six rounds per minute, something of a standard in France’s towed howitzers.

It is also noted that France has transferred to Ukraine fuel, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, equipment, as well as ammunition of various calibers. France is actively involved in the training of the Ukrainian military. As of November, 400 Ukrainian troops have already been trained on equipment that was transferred to Ukraine.

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