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Multiple launch rocket system


The Bateleur multiple launch rocket system is a further development of the Valkiri

Entered service 1989
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 21.5 t
Length 9.3 m
Width 2.35 m
Height 3.4 m
Caliber 127 mm
Number of tubes 40
Rocket weight 62 kg
Warhead weight ?
Firing range 8 - 36 km
Full salvo duration 46 s
Reloading time 15 - 20 minutes
Engine Deutz F10L 413F diesel
Engine power 315 hp
Maximum road speed 75 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The Bateleur multiple launch rocket system was developed in South Africa. It is a further development of the Valkiri. Sometimes it is referred as the Valkiri Mk.2. Its development was completed in 1986 and it entered service with the South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) in 1989. This artillery system offers greater lethality and mobility comparing with the previous Valkiri.

   The Bateleur has 40 launching tubes for 127 mm rockets. Launching tubes are arranged in two packs. A standard rocket is 2.95 m long and weights 62 kg. The Bateleur fires two types of rockets, HE-FRAG and cluster. The cluster warhead is packed with HE-FRAG submunitions, anti-tank or anti-personnel mines. The Bateleur can also fire all rockets developed for the Valkiri.

   The Bateleur is based on the Samil 100 heavy truck, which is a standard heavy load-carrying vehicle of the SANDF. The Bateleur has an armored crew cab. Its crew is protected against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and land mines. The cab has a V-shaped hull that deflects mine blasts away.

   This artillery system is operated by a crew of five. Rear stabilizing jacks are lowered to the ground prior to firing.

   The Bateleur is powered by the Deutz F10L 413F diesel engine, developing 315 horsepower. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive.

   The Bateleur is reloaded manually by the crew members. Reload rockets are carried by an escorting truck. It takes around 15-20 minutes to reload all rockets. Reloading usually takes place away from firing position, to avoid counter-battery fire.


Video of the Bateleur multiple launch rocket system



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