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Multiple launch rocket system


The WS-2 is the latest Chinese long-range multiple launch rocket system

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 40 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3 m
Caliber 400-mm
Number of tubes 6
Rocket weight 1 285 kg
Warhead weight 200 kg
Firing range 70 - 200 km
Full salvo duration ?
Reloading time 12 minutes
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 517 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Gradient 45%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.1 m


   The Chinese WS-2 or WeiShi-2 (guardian) multiple launch rocket system was revealed in 2008. It is aimed at export customers. Some sources report that a number of these artillery rocket systems were exported to Sudan.

   It is fitted with 6 launchers for 400-mm rockets. This artillery system has got no launching rails. Missiles are fired from containers. Rockets can be stored in these containers for years and do not require additional maintenance. A standard rocket is 7.3 m long and weights 1 285 kg. It can be equipped with various warheads, including anti-personnel, anti-armor or fuel air explosive. Rockets can be launched in single or salvo modes. These rockets have a simple inertial guidance system, but can also use indigenous satellite navigation system for mid-course guidance. There is also a capability to use terminal guidance for further increase of accuracy. Firing accuracy is 600 m at a maximum range. Maximum range of fire is 200 km, however some sources claim that it might be up to 350 km. Minimum range is 70 km.

   The WS-2 artillery system has a preparation time of less than 12 minutes from travelling. Vehicle is equipped with hydraulically operates stabilizers, which are lowered to the ground before firing.

   The WS-2 MLRS is based on the Taian TAS5450 truck chassis. Vehicle is powered by a Deutz turbocharged diesel engine, developing 517 hp. This 8x8 vehicle offers good cross country mobility. The TEL vehicle is usually supported by reloading vehicle, which is fitted with a crane and carries reload containers with rockets.

   A typical battery of the WS-2 includes 6 TEL vehicles, 6-9 reloading vehicles and a single command vehicle. A single TEL vehicle can be also used independently.


Video of the WS-2 multiple launch rocket system





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