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Multiple launch rocket system


The LARS-2 system played an important role with German Army's artillery forces

Country of origin West Germany
Entered service 1980
Crew 3 - 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17.48 t
Length 8.28 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.99 m
Caliber 110 mm
Number of tubes 36
Rocket weight 34 kg
Warhead weight ?
Firing range 6.5 - 25 km
Full salvo duration 18 s
Reloading time 15 minutes
Engine MAN diesel
Engine power 320 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench 0.6 ~ 1.2 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The LARS-2 (Leichtes Artillerie Raketen System) is an upgraded variant of the original LARS multiple launch rocket system. Between 1980 and 1983 all 209 original LARS systems were upgraded to the LARS-2 standard. This multiple launch rocket system played an important role with German Army's artillery forces. In 1998 the last LARS-2 was phased out from active service in favor to the US M270 MLRS.

   Launcher has two packs with a total of 36 tubes for 110 mm rockets. The LARS-2 fired improved rockets, fitted with newly developed warheads. Aditionally cluster and smoke warheads were developed for the LARS-2. The cluster warhead had five AT-2 anti-tank mines or anti-personnel submunitions. These rockets had a maximum range of 19 to 25 km.

   The LARS-2 was fitted with improved FIELD GUARD fire control system. Rockets could be fired from the driver's seat or remotely from the vehicle.

   Vehicle was fitted with 7.62 mm machine gun for self-protection and limited air defense capability.

   The original LARS used chassis of the Magirus-Jupiter. The upgraded LARS-2 launchers were mounted on the MAN KAT 1 6x6 high mobility truck chassis. This vehicle is powered by a diesel engine, developing 320 horsepower.

   The LARS-2 was reloaded manually. It took about 15-20 minutes. Reload rockets were carried by and escorting high mobility truck.

   Battery of these multiple launch rocket systems had a FERA fire control vehicle, based on the MAN KAT 1 4x4 high mobility truck.




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