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Multiple launch rocket system

RM-70 MLRS

The RM-70 multiple launch rocket system carries 40 reload rockets and is fitted with reloading device

 
 
Entered service 1970
Crew 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 33.7 t
Length 8.8 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.9 m
Armament
Caliber 122-mm
Number of tubes 40
Rocket weight 66 kg
Warhead weight 19.18 kg
Firing range 1.6 - 21 km
Full salvo duration 20 s
Reloading time 2 minutes
Mobility
Engine Tatra T-930-3 diesel
Engine power 270 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 1.5 m
Fording 1.4 m

 

   The RM-70 or Raketomet vz.70 multiple launch rocket system is a heavier variant of the Soviet BM-21 Grad providing enhanced performance. Production of the RM-70 commenced in 1970. It is currently in service with Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Poland, Slovakia and some other countries.

   The RM-70 is fitted with 40 launching tubes for 122-mm rockets. A standard HE-FRAG rocket is 2.87 m long and weights 66 kg. Maximum range of fire is 20.5 km. The RM-70 fires Soviet or locally developed rockets. It is also compatible with all the latest rockets, developed for the BM-21 Grad.

   Vehicle has an armored cab. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. This multiple launch rocket system is fitted with a secondary 7.62-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof.

   The RM-70 uses chassis of the Tatra 813 8x8 truck. Vehicle is powered by a Tatra T-930-3 diesel engine, developing 270 hp. This multiple launch rocket system is fitted with central tyre inflation system and self-entrenching blade. The self-entrenching blade allows to prepare firing position or to remove obstacles from the road.

   The RM-70 carries 40 reload rockets and is fitted with unusual reloading device. Reloading takes less than two minutes. Vehicle can also be reloaded manually.

 

Variants

 

   RM-70/85 unarmored version, based on the newer Tatra 815 8x8 truck;

   RM-70/85M improved unarmored variant, fitted with new fire control system and navigation aids. The RM-70/85M is compatible with a new type of rocket with a 36 km range;

   RM-70 Modular upgrade of the basic RM-70. Vehicle an interchangeable rocket pod and is capable to launch either 28 122-mm Grad rockets or 6 227-mm M270 MLRS rockets. Slovakia ordered upgrade of 26 vehicles to the RM-70 Modular standard. First systems were delivered in 2005;

   Vz.92 Krizan engineering vehicle, used as a mine laying system for anti-tank or anti-personnel mines;

   M96 Tajfun, Croatian multiple launch rocket system, based on unarmored Tatra 813 truck and fitted with 32 launching tubes for 122-mm rockets.

 

Video of the RM-70 multiple launch rocket system

 
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RM-70 MLRS

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