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Multiple launch rocket system

SR-5

In concept the Chinese SR-5 rocket system is similar to the US HIMARS

 
 
Entered service 2013 (?)
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 25 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Caliber 220-mm / 122-mm
Number of tubes 12 / 40
Rocket weight ~ 280 kg / ~ 66 kg
Warhead weight ~ 100 kg / ~ 19 kg
Firing range 70 km / 50 km
Full salvo duration ? / ~ 20 s
Reloading time ~ 10 minutes
Mobility
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 517 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The SR-5 multiple launch rocket system is a recent Chinese development. It is a medium-range system. Mock-up of the launcher vehicle was revealed in 2012. The SR-5 is in service with Venezuela and possibly some other countries.

   In concept the SR-5 is similar to the US HIMARS. It is based on a 6x6 truck chassis and uses modular interchangeable rocket pods. The launcher vehicle has an integrated crane and reloads rocket pods without external help. However the Chinese SR-5 has two rocket pods instead of one. So it has nearly twice the firepower of the HIMARS.

   Currently there are two types of pods for the SR-5. It can fire 220-mm and 122-mm rockets. These rockets have different ranges. Rockets are fitted with various warheads, including HE-FRAG, incendiary, smoke and illumination. Also there are cargo warheads with anti-tank or pre-fragmented anti-personnel submunitions. Some rockets have a GPS guidance for precision strikes.

   Rocket pods are factory-fitted and sealed. These double as transport containers and launchers. A standard 220-mm pod contains 6 rockets. These rockets have a range of up to 70 km.

   A 122-mm pod contains 20 rockets. The 122-mm rockets were originally developed for the Soviet BM-21 Grad. This caliber is widely used around the world. China developed and operates a number of 122-mm artillery rocket systems. These rockets have a range of up to 50 km.

   Furthermore the SR-5 can carry combination with various rocket pods. It can have one pod with 220-mm rockets and another with 122-mm rockets, making this artillery system more versatile. It is likely that other rockets might be introduced for this system in the future.

   The SR-5 launcher is based on Taian heavy high mobility truck chassis with 6x6 configuration. Vehicle has a double cab and carries the crew of 5 men. It can stop and launch rockets within 5 minutes from travelling. Vehicle can leave firing position within 1 minute, which makes it harder to hit by counter-battery fire.

   Reloading is made by the crew within approximately 10 minutes. Reload rocket pods are carried by escorting cross-country truck. Typically a truck carries 4 pods (two sets of reloads). Reloading of any MLRS system usually takes place remotely from firing position in order to avoid counter-battery fire.

   Each SR-5 launcher can operate autonomously or in larger formations.

 

 
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