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    Russian MRLS: Grad, Uragan, Smerch, Tornado-G/S

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:17 pm

    Effectively a much more expensive, shorter ranged, less accurate, better mobility through mud but much poorer mobility on roads equivalent of the Iskander.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:30 am

    Should add of course that an Iskander battery will receive a range of missiles that today can include 4,500km range cruise missiles as well as existing Iskander types and the under 500km range cruise missiles with the double warhead for targets that just need a bigger boom.

    In comparison the logistics for the rocket batteries are quite complex because of the numbers of different types of rockets they have available and need to supply for specific targets and specific roles.

    The advantage of pallets loaded with rockets and mounted on launchers is that you can preload the pallets with the rockets and munitions you want to use for an attack, but if a target of opportunity arises... ie a mass enemy armour attack, you can quickly put on the pallets with the sensor fused top attack sub-munitions and obliterate them.

    With the capacity of the rockets and their payloads and accuracy levels means a grad might not have 40 rockets of the same type... they might go for 30 rockets with HE and anti armour submunitions, and the remaining ten rockets with sensor fused submunitions on each vehicle so a battery of 6 vehicles could launch 60 rockets at an armoured formation at its rear staging area forming up for an attack, while the other 180 rockets could be directed at infantry or HQ or artillery support units to further blunt the attack...
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    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:29 am

    In the Kaliningrad region "Smerch" MRLS were deployed

    In its turn, the Izvestia newspaper published material on this subject by Bogdan Stepovoy, Roman Kretsul and Anton Lavrov under the heading “To hit in one gulp: new reactive systems appeared in Kaliningrad. Artillerymen of the Baltic Fleet coastal forces received the Smerch MLRS division, which, in particular, states:

    The artillery brigade deployed in Kaliningrad includes the Smerch division of ultra-long-range multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). These guns can with particular accuracy hit the positions of medium-range missiles, as well as enemy defenses. Experts note that NATO's air defense has no way to intercept the "Smerch". Thus, the MLRS became a symmetrical response to the building up of the alliance's power in the Baltic states and Eastern Europe.

    The Smerch multiple launch rocket systems entered service with the 244th separate Neman Red Banner Order of the Suvorov and Kutuzov Artillery Brigade at the end of last year. Now soldiers and officers are mastering new equipment, sources in the Ministry of Defense told Izvestia. These more powerful and long-range reactive systems replaced the MLRS BM-21 Grad.

    Firing range of up to 120 km and the power of "Smerch" ammunition will reliably cover the Kaliningrad region.

    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3972617.html

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    The artillery brigade, which received new equipment, is part of the 11th Army Corps of the Baltic Fleet coastal forces, created in 2016. Now it is being actively strengthened. Last year, 152-mm self-propelled artillery mounts (self-propelled guns) Msta-S entered service with the units. Replacing Grad with new MLRS will increase the brigade’s fire capabilities several times.
    For comparison: a firing of one Smerch combat vehicle strikes an area of ​​67 hectares at a range of 20 to 120 km. Grad covers an area of ​​4 hectares at a distance of up to 20 km, and with modernized missiles - up to 40 km.

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