Those tubes are way to large to be 122 mm! Look at these for reference...GarryB wrote:I have seen it holding 15 rockets on each side, for a total of 30...
Yes, I suspect there are three different pallet types... the 15 tube pallet will likely be 122mm calibre so two pallets means 30 rockets, while the 220mm pallet likely has 8 tubes per pallet meaning 16 tubes, the same as Uragan, while the 6 tube pallet likely is the 300mm Smerch rocket pallet.
The above picture shows the 15 tube per pallet system which by the look of it uses 122mm calibre rockets.
This drawing however seems to show another palletised system with 20 rockets per pallet.
I have yet to see the 8 tube 220mm rocket pallet and have only seen the 6 tube 300mm pallet.
To me a light vehicle able to carry half the payload of the existing systems and a medium vehicle able to carry the same payload as existing vehicles would make a lot of sense operationally.
the medium system could be the standard system and the light system could be used in places and environments where the heavier system would not be very mobile.
For a mountain unit or a light or arctic unit the light unit might be more affordable and more mobile... and it would likely have better export potential too.
See the difference between these and the picture you posted? My guess is that the 220 mm has *either* 16 or 30 rockets for some reason, maybe the 16 one is actually export?
The 300 mm Smerch upgrade will have either 6 or 12 rockets, so it is likely the 220 mm -U has a similar option as well.
Thanks Morpheus for the added reference above.