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Multiple launch rocket system


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

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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