Afghan National Army (ANA) artillery units are operating with a new computerized fire-control system that has been developed by Ukranian Defense Consulting (UDC).
The Universal Battery Level Fire Direction System (UBLFDS) was first trialled by NATO mentor teams prior to handing over to the ANA. Around 300 systems have been delivered and are operating with the army’s 122 mm calibre D-30 howitzers. Ukrainian armed forces are finalising their trials of the UBLFDS and are planning to acquire 500 systems, scheduled to be delivered in mid-2014.
The effective use of its D-30 howitzers is key to the ability of the ANA to operate independently of ISAF support.