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Multiple launch rocket system


The Naiza artillery rocket system uses interchangeable rocket pods

Entered service 2008
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 25 t
Length ~ 9 m
Width ~ 2.5 m
Height ~ 3 m
Caliber 122-mm / 160-mm / 200-mm / 220-mm
Number of tubes 40 / 26 / 8 / 10
Rocket weight 66 kg / 110 kg / 430 kg / 280 kg
Warhead weight 19 kg / 46 kg / 150 kg / 100 kg
Firing range 21 km / 45 km / 150 km / 34 km
Full salvo duration 20 s / ? / ? / ?
Reloading time 10 minutes
Engine KamAZ-740.50.360 diesel
Engine power 360 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 0.6 - 1.4 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The Naiza (lance) multiple launch rocket system was developed by Israel's Military Industries (IMI) under contract to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense. It is similar to the Lynx MLRS, operated by Azerbaijan. The Naiza artillery system was produced in Kazakhstan. Some sources claim, that a total of 380 mobile launchers were built. First production vehicles were delivered in 2008. Currently it is the main MLRS system, used by the Kazakhstan. It was also proposed to possible export customers, but received no orders.

   It is a versatile artillery system, used for indirect fire support against aerial targets, enemy artillery units, air defense systems, command centers and supply lines. It is mostly used in hit-and-run style attacks.

   The Naiza MLRS uses interchangeable rocket pods. It is capable of firing 122-mm Grad rockets, 160-mm IMI LAR rockets, 200-mm IMI EXTRA rockets, and 220-mm Uragan rockets. It is worth mentioning, that Kazakhstan has plenty of 122-mm Grad and 220-mm Uragan rockets, inherited after collapse of the Soviet Union. These interchangeable pods allow a single mobile launcher use various rocket types, depending on mission requirements.

   The Naiza uses 122-mm launcher pods of the Turkish T-122 Sakarya MLRS. A single pod contains 20 rockets. The standard Grad 122-mm rocket is 2.87 m long and weights 66 kg. It has a maximum range of 21 km. This rocket system is also compatible with newly-developed 122-mm rockets.

   A single LAR pod contains 13 rockets. A standard LAR 160-mm rocket is 3.3 m long and weights 110 kg. It has a maximum range of up to 45 km.

   The Uragan pod contains 5 rockets. A standard rocket is 4.8 m long and weights 280 kg. Warhead weight is 90 - 100 kg, depending on the type. Maximum range of fire is 34 km.

   Maximum range of fire is 150 km. It is achieved using IMI EXTRA artillery rockets. These rockets can be fitted with a GPS guidance system for precision strikes. A single pod contains 4 rockets.

   Rocket pods are packed and factory-sealed. These double as transport containers and launchers. IMI rocket pods are disposable after launch, while the BM-21 Grad pods can be reloaded manually. These are the least capable and are mainly used for training.

   This artillery rocket system features a fully autonomous ballistic calculation and launch capabilities. The Naiza can operate autonomously or integrated with larger artillery formations. This MLRS system has a fast reaction time and can launch it's rockets within several minutes from travelling. A full salvo can be launched directly from the cab, or remotely from the vehicle. However it appeared that Naiza mobile launchers tend to overturn when fired sideways.

   The Naiza is operated by the crew of three.

   This multiple launch rocket system is based on the Russian KamAZ-6350 8x8 truck chassis. Vehicle is powered by the KamAZ-740.50.360 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 360 hp.

   The Naiza mobile launcher is supported by a reloading vehicle, fitted with a crane. It carries four rocket pods (two sets of reloads). Reloading usually takes place well away from firing position, to avoid counter-battery fire. Full reloading of the pods takes less than 10 minutes. The reloading vehicle is also based on KamAZ 8x8 heavy truck chassis.

   Typically Naiza mobile launchers operate in batteries in conjunction with command and reloading vehicles. However single launcher vehicles can also operate independently.

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