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9A52-2T Smerch

Multiple launch rocket system

9A52-2T Smerch

The 9A52-2T Smerch MLRS is an upgraded variant of the original Smerch based on the Tatra chassis

Entered service 2008
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 39.5 t
Length 12.4 m
Width 3.03 m
Height 3.44 m
Caliber 300-mm
Number of tubes 12
Rocket weight 800 kg
Warhead weight 280 kg
Firing range 20 - 90 km
Full salvo duration 40 s
Reloading time 16 minutes
Engine Deutz BF8M1015C diesel
Engine power 544 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range 850 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.25 m


   The 9A52-2T Smerch multiple launch rocket system was revealed in 2001. It is an upgraded variant of the Smerch MLRS. In 2005 a contract was signed to deliver 38 units of the Smerch MLRS and associated vehicles to the Indian Army. A second contract was signed in 2007 for a second batch of 24 units. It is worth mentioning that Smerch MLRS sales to India have been under negotiations since the late 1990s. Indian rocket systems are based on locally-built Tatra 10x10 chassis to reduce unit costs. Deliveries to the Indian Army commenced in 2008.

   The 9A52-2T has 12 tubes for 300-mm rockets. A standard rocket is 7.6 m long and weights 800 kg. Rockets are fitted with a range and direction correction system for improved accuracy. This multiple launch rocket system fires a variety of rockets, including HE-FRAG, incendiary, thermobaric, cluster munitions with anti-tank or anti-personnel submunitions, or smart guided anti-tank munitions. Firing range is 20 - 70 km. It is also compatible with extended range (90 km) rockets, developed for the Russian Smerch-M. A full salvo of this artilley rocket system covers area of 67 hectares. A crew of three prepares the MLRS for firing within 2 minutes.

   The 9A52-2T multiple launch rocket system uses 10x10 Tatra 816 truck chassis. Vehicle is powered by a German Deutz BF8M1015C diesel engine, developing 544 hp. It meets EURO II emission requirements. This truck employs a proven Tatra chassis concept.

   Reloading of the Smerch is assisted by reloading vehicle, based on the same Tatra 816 chassis. Reloading vehicle is fitted with a crane and carries 12 reload rockets. Usually every Smerch MLRS unit is supported by one reloading vehicle.

   Updated information on this article was sent us by SERGEI V. GUROV

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Video of the 9A52-2T Smerch multiple-launch rocket system


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