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A200

Multiple launch rocket system

A200

The A200 artillery rocket systems can attack important area targets behind enemy lines

 
 
Entered service Expected in 2016
Crew 3 - 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 40 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Caliber 300-mm
Number of tubes 8
Rocket weight 750 kg
Warhead weight 100 ~ 150 kg
Firing range 50 - 200 km
Full salvo duration 50 s
Reloading time ~ 8 minutes
Mobility
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 517 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 45%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.1 m

 

   The A200 is one of the latest Chinese artillery rocket systems. Recently a large number of new artillery rocket systems of various calibers were developed in China. Actually the A200 is an export name. It is a further development of the A100. The new system has increased range of fire. It is being proposed for export customers. Belarus obtained a number of these rocket systems. However these are based on indigenous 8x8 heavy high mobility chassis and are locally known as the Polonez. These systems were first publicly revealed in Belarus in 2015 and full-scale deliveries are expected in 2016. It seems that Chinese army showed no interest to the A200, but selected the newer and more capable A300.

   The A200 is designed to attack important area targets well behind the enemy lines. Such heavy artillery rocket systems are extremely effective against large area targets, such as concentration of troops or armored vehicles, artillery and air defense batteries, airfields, command posts, ammunition depots, support facilities and other important military targets. Due to its range and powerful warhead the A200 might be one of the deadliest artillery rocket systems in the world.

   The launcher vehicle carries 2 pods with four 300-mm rockets each. Each rocket is 7.26 m long and weights 750 kg. The pods are factory fitted and sealed. It has been reported that the A200 is a modular system, that can also use other pods with different rockets.

   The A200 has a maximum range of 50 to 200 km. Rockets have inertial and GPS guidance. CEP is about 30 meters. So these rockets are very accurate even at maximum range. The A200 rockets carry warheads that weight about 100 - 150 kg. Three types of warheads are available.

   Launcher is capable of single or salvo firing. It takes 50 seconds to launch a full salvo of 8 rockets. It is claimed that each rocket can be targeted individually. So the A200 can hit up to 8 different targets simultaneously.

   This artillery system is operated by a crew of 3 to 5 men, depending on the vehicle the launcher is based on. It can use Chinese Taian TA5450, Wanshan WS2400 or similar 8x8 heavy high mobility chassis, that has a payload capacity of around 20 t.

   Rockets can be launched directly from the cab, or remotely from the vehicle, by using a remote control unit.

   This artillery rocket system is well suited for shoot-and-scoot missions. From travelling it takes only a couple of minutes to prepare the launcher vehicle for launch. Once the rockets are fired vehicle can briefly redeploy in order to avoid counter-battery fire. Also it might be a hard nut for the enemy to intercept due to its extremely long range.

   Each A200 launcher is supported by an associated reloading vehicle. It is based on the same 8x8 high mobility chassis, is fitted with a hydraulic crane and carries a full set of reload rockets. Reloading usually takes place away from the firing position in order to avoid counter-battery fire.

   A battery of A200 launchers is also supported by command post vehicle, based on 6x6 high mobility chassis. However in case of emergency each launcher vehicle can operate autonomously.

 

Variants

 

   A300 uses improved rocket with larger engines. It has a maximum range of 290 km, opposed to 200 km of the A200. Currently this Chinese artillery rocket system has the longest range in the world.

 

 
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