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AR1A

Multiple launch rocket system

AR1A

The AR1A multiple launch rocket system is being actively proposed for export customers

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 42.5 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Caliber 300 mm
Number of tubes 10
Rocket weight 840 kg
Warhead weight 200 kg
Firing range 130 km
Full salvo duration 60 s
Reloading time 20 minutes
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 500 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 650 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The AR1A multiple launch rocket system was developed from an A100, which was introduced during the late 1990s, but was not adopted by the Chinese army. The Chinese army selected a PHL 03 system instead. The AR1A artillery rocket system was first demonstrated in 2009. It is a modular MLRS, based on a Russian Smerch technology. The AR1A is being proposed for export customers. Recently it was reported that Armenia ordered unspecified number of these artillery rocket systems.

   The AR1A is a long-range system, intended to attack important area targets, such as airfields, command centers, radar stations, artillery or missile batteries, concentrations of troops and vehicles.

   The AR1A has re-arranged rocket tubes, comparing with its predecessor, the A100. These are reloaded as two complete box-shaped pods. Each pod contains 5 launching tubes for 300 mm rockets. Rockets are factory-fitted and sealed inside these pods. Once all the rockets are launched the pods are removed and replaced. Such concept offers advantage of faster reloading and simpler logistics. Also the pods are easier to store and to maintain. Manufacturers claim, that despite similar caliber the AR1A is not compatible with the Russian Smerch rockets, as rockets use different propellant motors and components. A number of warheads are available for this system, including High Explosive Fragmentation (HE-FRAG), fuel-air explosive, cargo, with anti-tank or anti-personnel submunitions. A standard HE-FRAG warhead weights around 200 kg. Maximum range of fire is up to 130 km. Minimum range is 20 km.

   A crew of 4 prepares the launcher vehicle for firing within 5 minutes. Once all the rockets are launched vehicle leaves its firing position within 1 minute. The launcher vehicle is fitted with satellite navigation system for positioning and navigation. The launcher vehicle can fire single rockets or full salvo.

   The launcher vehicle is based on a Wanshan WS2400 special wheeled chassis with 8x8 configuration. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. It improved mobility over difficult terrain, such as sand, mud and snow. It has good cross-country mobility and can travel off road.

   A battery of this artillery rocket system includes launcher vehicles, command vehicle, meteorological survey vehicle, reloading vehicles and other support systems. Typically a couple of launcher vehicles operate together and launch their rockets simultaneously. However if required every single launcher can also operate autonomously.

   Reloading of this system usually takes place remotely from firing position in order to avoid counter-battery fire. Reload pods are carried by the escorting reloading vehicle, which is fitted with a crane. The launcher vehicle is reloaded within 20 minutes.

   In 2011 another Chinese MLRS was revealed. The AR3 is similar to the AR1A, but it is even more powerful. It carries a total of 8 launch tubes with 370 mm guided rockets. These have a range of up to 220 km. Alternatively it can carry pods of the AR1A, as these pods are interchangeable.

 

   Information on this artillery rocket system was sent us by SERGEI V. GUROV

   Thank you Sergei!

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