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Multiple launch rocket system


The PHL03 multiple launch rocket system is a Chinese version of the Russian BM-30 Smerch

Entered service 2004 - 2005
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 43 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3 m
Caliber 300-mm
Number of tubes 12
Rocket weight 800 kg
Warhead weight 280 kg
Firing range 20 - 150 km
Full salvo duration ~ 30 s
Reloading time ~ 30 minutes
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 500 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 650 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1 m


   The PHL03, also referred as the Type 03, multiple launch rocket system is a Chinese version of the Russian BM-30 Smerch. It was developed by NORINCO and reportedly entered service with the Chinese army in 2004 - 2005.  Currently it is one of the most powerful artillery rocket systems in the world. The PHL03 is also being proposed for the export customers as the AR2. It is in service with Morocco (one battalion with 36 units).

   The PHL03 retains the original Russian configuration with 12 tubes for 300-mm rockets. The standard rocket weights around 800 kg. Some sources claim that its maximum firing range is 150 km, however it is most likely to be up to 100 km. It is unknown what type of warheads are available for the PHL03. These probably include HE-FRAG and cluster warheads with anti-armor and anti-personnel submunitions.

   The PHL03 is based on a Wanshan WS2400 8x8 special wheeled chassis. This military vehicle has good cross-country mobility. It is fitted with a central tyre pressure system, which can be adjusted on the move.

   A reloading vehicle is based on the same 8x8 chassis and is fitted with a hydraulic crane and carries 12 reload rockets. Reloading usually takes place remotely from firing position, to avoid counter-battery fire.

  Other versions of the PHL03 with re-arrange rocket tubes were developed for export. These are reloaded as two complete box-shaped pods. The AR1 carries 8 rockets, the AR1A - 10 rockets and the AR3 mounts 8 heavier 370-mm guided rockets.


Video of the PHL03 multiple launch rocket system





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