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SR-5

Multiple launch rocket system

SR-5

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

 
 
Country of origin China
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 Algeria, Bahrain, 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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