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PHL-16

Multiple launch rocket system

New chinese multiple launch rocket system

The PHL-16 is one of the most capable rocket systems in the world

 
 
Country of origin China
Entered service 2019 (?)
Crew 5
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 45 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Caliber 370 mm
Number of tubes 8
Rocket weight ?
Warhead weight ?
Firing range 220 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

 

   In 2019 a new artillery rocket system was first publicly revealed in China. Its official designation is still unknown. Some sources refer it as the PHL-16 or PCH-191. It is a modified version of the previous AR3, that was offered for export customers. This system is already in service with the China's army. Currently it is one of the most powerful systems in the world its class. China also operates a PHL-03 rocket system that has 12 tubes for 300 mm rockets.

   The main role of the PHL-16 is to engage remote strategic targets, such as airfields, command centers, support facilities, air defense batteries, concentrations of troops and vehicles and so on.

   The PHL-16 uses 370 mm guided rockets. These have a maximum range of 220 km. As far as the system uses pods with missiles, it can be configured to use rockets of different caliber. Some sources report that it is capable of launching tactical ballistic missiles and anti-ship missiles. The previous AR3 can also carry pods with 300 mm rockets, Fire Dragon 480 tactical ballistic missiles and TL-7B anti-ship missiles.

   This rocket system is operated by a crew of 5. The rockets or missiles can be launched without leaving the cabin. Preparation for launch takes around 5 minutes. Rockets and missiles can be also launched remotely from the vehicle by using remote control unit. Once the rockets are launched the launcher vehicle can leave its firing position within 1 minute. Brief redeployment time allows to avoid counter battery fire.

   Vehicle has an armored cab which provides some degree of protection for the crew from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   The launcher is based on a chassis of Wanshan WS2400. This high mobility vehicle has 8x8 configuration and can travel over difficult terrain. The same wheeled chassis is used for most recent Chinese large-caliber multiple launch rocket systems and various missile systems. Vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can travel over all kinds of rough terrain and unimproved surfaces. It can operate in various climatic conditions, ranging from -20C to +55C.

   Launcher vehicles can operate in battery, battalion, or autonomously. A typical battery includes launcher vehicles, reloading vehicles, command post vehicle, meteorological survey vehicle and other associated support vehicles.

   Each launcher vehicle is supported by a dedicated reloading vehicle. It is based on a similar 8x8 heavy high mobility chassis and is fitted with a crane. It carries 2 pods with reload pods. It takes around 20 minutes to replace empty pods. Reloading usually takes place remotely from firing position in order to avoid counter-battery fire.

 

Variants

 

   AR3 is an export version. Actually this artillery system appeared earlier than the PHL-16. It was first revealed in 2011. It can use 370 and 300 mm rockets, as well as tactical ballistic missiles and anti-ship missiles.

 

 

 
New chinese multiple launch rocket system

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New chinese multiple launch rocket system

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New chinese multiple launch rocket system

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AR3 multiple launch rocket system, export version

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