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Bastion 3

Multiple launch rocket system

Bastion 3 artillery rocket system

So far the Bastion 3 was not adopted by Ukrainian military due to funding problems

 
 
Country of origin Ukraine
Entered service -
Crew 4
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 16.4 t
Weight (combat) 21.6 t
Length 9.2 m
Width 2.7 m
Height 3.3 m
Armament
Caliber 220 mm
Number of tubes 16
Rocket weight 280 kg
Warhead weight 90 - 100 kg
Firing range up to 35 km
Full salvo duration 9 / 20 s
Reloading time 15 minutes
Mobility
Engine YaMZ, Cummins, Deutz diesel
Engine power 330 - 400 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range up to 400 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 58%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording up to 1.5 m

 

   The Bastion 3 is Ukrainian proposed upgrade of the ageing Uragan artillery rocket systems. It is also referred as Bastion 03. By 2016 Ukrainian military reportedly operated around 70 Uragan launcher vehicles. However the Uragan was adopted back in the 1975. It becomes increasingly hard to maintain these ageing systems and keep them in operational service. Production of its ZiL-135LMP wheeled chassis ended years ago. Upgrade program is needed to keep these capable artillery systems in operational service. However due to limited funding there were no production orders for this system and Ukrainian military relies on the old Uragan system that are now more than 40 years old. In 2020 another Ukrainian modernization of the Uragan was introduced, called the Bureviy. This makes production of the Bastion 3 even less likely.

   The modernized Bastion 3 uses chassis of a KrAZ-6322 military truck. It retains refurbished launched of the Uragan. There are 16 launch tubes for 220 mm rockets.

   The Bastion 3 is very effective against area targets. Typical targets of such systems are concentrations of troops and military vehicles, artillery batteries, radars, air defense batteries, airfields and other area targets. It can fire single rockets or full salvo. A full salvo of this artillery system covers area of 4.3 hectares.

   A standard rocket is 4.8 m long and weights 280 kg. Warhead weight is 90-100 kg, depending on the type. This system fires training, HE-FRAG, chemical, incendiary, fuel-air explosive, cluster rockets with scatterable anti-tank or anti-personnel mines. These are used for remote mine laying. It can also fire leaflet dispensing rockets. Maximum range of fire is 35 km.

   The Bastion 3 has brief reaction and redeployment time. It takes around 12 minutes from traveling to stop and prepare this artillery system for firing. Once in the state of readiness it takes around 3 minutes to fire the rockets. It takes another 1.5 minutes to leave the firing position. Brief redeployment time allows to avoid counter-battery fire.

   Depending on customer requirement the cab can be fitted with add-on armor kit.

   The Bastion 3 was proposed with various engines, including a Russian YaMZ diesel, as well as American Cummins, or German Deutz diesel. Engine could develop 330 to 400 hp, depending on the type. Vehicle has a full-time 6x6 configuration.

   Interestingly other former Soviet republics, including Russia and Belarus also developed new versions of the Uragan. Russia went for a newly-built Uragan-1M, while Belarus went for a similar upgrade to the Bastion 3. The Belarusian artillery system is based on a MAZ military truck chassis with 6x6 configuration. It is called Uragan-M and was adopted in 2019.

 

 

 
Bastion 3 artillery rocket system

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Bastion 3 artillery rocket system

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Bastion 3 artillery rocket system

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Bastion 3 artillery rocket system

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