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ZCRS-122

Multiple launch rocket system

ZCRS-122

The ZCRS-122 has been developed in Georgia with Ukrainian assistance

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 20 t
Length ~ 8.5 m
Width ~ 2.7 m
Height ~ 3.3 m
Armament
Caliber 122-mm
Number of tubes 40
Rocket weight 66.4 kg
Warhead weight 18.4 kg
Firing range up to 40 km
Full salvo duration 20 s
Reloading time 7 minutes
Mobility
Engine YaMZ-238C diesel
Engine power 330 hp
Maximum road speed up to 80 km/h
Range up to 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Georgian ZCRS-122 artillery rocket system is an updated version of the Soviet BM-21 Grad. It has been developed in Georgia, with Ukrainian assistance. The ZCRS-122 has been revealed in 2012. Field tests commenced the same year. It seems that currently only three artillery systems of this type have been manufactured.

   The ZCRS-122 is broadly similar to Ukrainian BM-21U or BM-21K rocket systems. Vehicle has a double armored cabin. The new artillery system has a number of advantages over the original Soviet design. It is worth mentioning that surviving BM-21 Grad systems were developed in the early 1960s and approach the end of their service life.

   The ZCRS-122 has 40 launching tubes for 122-mm rockets. A standard HE-FRAG rocket weights 66.4 kg and has a range of about 20 km. It is compatible with all rockets, developed for the BM-21 Grad, as well as newly-developed rockets. Maximum range of fire is up to 40 km with extended-range rockets. The launcher vehicle is fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS), which is used both for navigation and targeting. At a maximum range of 40 km rockets have a CEP of only 90 m.

   This artillery system can launch its rockets from traveling without preparation and with the whole crew inside the vehicle. Brief redeployment time allows this artillery system to use shoot-and-scoot tactics.

   Cab armor provides protection for the crew against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   This artillery system is based on the KrAZ-6322 heavy utility truck. The new truck has nearly twice the payload capacity, comparing with original Ural-375D, used on the BM-21, and longer cargo platform. It allowed to coupe with extra weight of armored crew cabin. Vehicle is possibly powered by a YaMZ-238D turbocharged diesel engine, developing 330 hp. The truck has a considerable cross-country mobility.

   The rocket launcher is reloaded manually by the crew within 7 minutes. Reload missiles are carried by escorting cross-country truck. Reloading of any MLRS usually takes places remotely from launching position in order to avoid counter-battery fire.

 

 
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