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Multiple launch rocket system


The VCLC multiple launch rocket system never saw active service due to funding problems

Country of origin Argentina
Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 32 t
Length 6.75 m
Width 3.32 m
Height 3.05 m
Caliber 160 mm
Number of tubes 36
Rocket weight ~ 100 kg
Warhead weight 46 kg
Firing range ? - 30 km
Full salvo duration ?
Reloading time 10 minutes
Engine MTU MB833 Ka500 diesel
Engine power 720 hp
Maximum road speed 75 km/h
Range 560 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.4 m


   The VCLC (Vehiculo de Combate Lanza Cohetes) multiple launch rocket system was developed in Argentina with Israel's assistance. Unfortunately only a small number of these systems was built due to funding problems and it never saw active service.

   The VCLC has a modular design and was developed in two variants to fire 160 mm and 350 mm rockets. No modifications were needed to change between rocket types.

   The VCLC-CAL (Cohete de Artilleria Ligero) is fitted with the Israeli LAR-160 modular rocket launcher system. It underwent trials in 1986. The 160 mm CAL used two 18 rocket containers. These containers are factory-fitted with rockets and sealed. They can be stored for up to 15 years without any maintenance. After launching all rockets, containers are removed by crane and replaced with new ones. HE-FRAG and cluster warheads are available.

   Another variant, the VCLC-CAM (Cohete de Artilleria Mediano) had four launching tubes for Israeli 350 mm MAR-350 rockets. The standard rocket weights 1 000 kg and has a maximum range of 75-95 km. Only a prototype of this system was built. Some sources claim that it underwent trials in 1988.

   The VCLC is fitted with 7.62 mm machine gun for self-protection and limited air defense.

   The VCLC is mounted on the chassis of the TAM light tank. Vehicle is powered by German MTU MB833 Ka500 diesel engine, developing 720 horsepower.

   Reloading vehicle of the VCLC supposed to be a US supplied M809 6x6 truck, fitted with hydraulic crane. It also carried containers with reloads. Each multiple launch rocket system was escorted by this reloading vehicle. The whole process of replacing containers for the VCLC-CAL takes 10 minutes. Battery of these multiple launch rocket systems also had truck fitted with a ranging radar.




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