I am begining to think that the Hermes missile may be associated with one of the Tornado (G-U-S) systems.
Good thinking, but the comment from Mindstorm below about a 2.5 times increase in range applied to the 122mm rocket with a 40km range also matches the 100km range claim.
With a 30kg warhead and a terminally guided payload that raises the question of how the ground based Hermes system would fit in.
If there is a new small cruise missile to fill the role of Tochka-U then it will likely be used against large heavy targets with its ~500kg warhead. A Hermes battery would fit below that with terminal guidance so the precision of a guided weapon but a small warhead in comparison for point hard targets like tanks or HQ vehicles.
Interestingly Hermes is about the size of a 122mm rocket as it is 130mm missile body diameter though the rocket booster is 210mm as is the launch tube. That suggests that a new grad rocket could be a two stage missile, perhaps with a reduced calibre missile (to reduce drag) and 122mm calibre booster to maximise thrust and speed. The payload of about 20kgs could be increased to about 30kgs and the guidance and manouvering hardware inside could be replaced by a low energy long burn rocket that overcomes drag and helps the rocket maintain speed to maximise range.
a "Smerch" with a similar increase would achieve and engagement range between 175 and 225 km !!! (practically similar MLRS divisions would achieve ranges of theatre ballistic missiles Smile )
Quite true, but I suspect a heavier warhead would be more use than a large increase in flight range which I think you will agree with. The primary purpose of these systems is heavy artillery fire support for a unit or Brigade. An enemy force forming up to make a large scale attack on that unit is the ideal target for a rocket battery. Of course in combat you can be very creative too... an enemy ambush at dusk so they can hit hard and retreat under cover of darkness. If you can channel the enemy as they retreat back up into the hills you can carpet their retreat options with landmines and then as they are trying to pass through these places HE submunitions to pin them till the follow up forces can catch up and rip them a new one.
About the perspective plan to integrate modules with cruise missiles (in observance to the new Russian Army doctrine stressing on total elements modularity), it was pointed out that the plan included even ballistic missiles !!
That suggests that the Iskander ballistic system and cruise missile system are going to be fully integrated into the rocket artillery "family".
Initially there will be Tornado-G/-U/-S based on the Grad, Uragan, and Smerch, and they will be existing vehicles with 122mm, 220mm, and 300mm vehicles.
They will be upgraded, but new production will be stopped except for export and the new vehicles produced will be Tornado Light, and Tornado-Medium and now of course Iskander ballistic and Iskander Cruise.
The Tornado Light and Medium will carry one or two Pallets respectively of 122mm, 220mm, and/or 300mm depending on their mission.
The medium will have the same vehicle chassis as Iskander, but will not be fully interchangable.
in fact the platform carrying in a particular moment a weapon module will eventually allow the shift ,directly in the field, toward a very different MLRS/cruise missile/ballistic missile module to carry completely different task.
Will they go as far as to modularise the Iskander ballistic missile and cruise missile into a pallet container?
If they did that means the Tornado-Light could carry one Iskander or one cruise missile, while Tornado-Medium could carry two of each.
I rather doubt that the light vehicle could carry that sort of weight however.
Will be interesting to see how it all develops.