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Multiple launch rocket system


The RT2000 multiple launch rocket system has a modular design

RT2000 prototype of M977 HEMTT chassis
Entered service 2011
Crew ?
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Caliber 117-mm / 180-mm / 230-mm
Number of tubes 60 / 27 / 12
Rocket weight ?
Warhead weight ?
Firing range 15 / 30 / 45 km
Full salvo duration ?
Reloading time ?
Engine Detroit Diesel 8V92TA
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 450 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The Ray Ting 2000 or RT2000 (thunder) multiple launch rocket system made its debut in 1997. The RT2000 was locally developed in Taiwan to replace the ageing Kung Feng VI 117-mm multiple launch rocket system. The RT2000 is entered service with Taiwanese army in 2011. Taiwan's requirement is estimated to be for up to 150 systems of this type. However only 57 units were ordered and later this number was further reduced due to defense budget cuts.

   The main role of the RT2000 is costal defense. It is intended to neutralize enemy amphibious craft with troops and equipment before reaching the beach.

   The RT2000 artillery rocket system has a modular design. It uses three types of rockets: Mk.15 (117-mm), Mk.30 (180-mm) and Mk.45 (230-mm). The mark number of each rocket type indicates the maximum range in kilometers. The RT200 can use 60 Mk.15 117-mm rockets. It is the same rocket used with the Kung Feng 6A launcher. The Mk.30 180-mm rocket is larger and launcher can hold 27 of them. The Mk.45 is a 230-mm rocket and has a range of 45 km. It is claimed that a full salvo of the Mk.45 rockets covers area of 200 000 m, destroying all small landing craft and damaging larger ones. The RT2000 can hold 12 of the Mk.45 rockets. The Mk.30 and Mk.45 can utilize high explosive or cluster warheads. It is worth mentioning that the RT2000 can fire while moving.

   Prototype of the RT2000 was based on the M977 HEMTT truck. Vehicle is powered by the Detroit Diesel 8V92TA engine, developing 450 horsepower. Production systems are mounted on the MAN 8x8 trucks.

   The RT2000 has a number of advantages over the M270 MLRS. It costs one-third the cost of the M270. Furthermore the RT2000 has a wheeled chassis, which is cheaper and easier to maintain. It also has better mobility on hard surface roads, so it can briefly redeploy.


Video of the RT2000 multiple launch rocket system





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