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    Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:33 pm

    OmskTransmash has undertaken a "large-scale" overhaul and modernization program of TOS-1A MRLS for the Russian MoD. First batch of modernized TOS-1A MRL systems will be handed over to the MoD by the end of November 2017.

    http://transmash-omsk.ru/node/878


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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  Interlinked on Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:27 am

    "Changes have affected both the appearance and internal equipment of combat vehicles. At TOS-1A modern power plant and dynamic protection are installed. Heavy flamethrower received a new launcher, and the transport-loading machine of the complex - a crane."

    I hope that the reloading method has been improved. It's so much faster to be able to replace an entire rocket pack instead of loading them one by one.
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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:10 am

    Interlinked wrote:"Changes have affected both the appearance and internal equipment of combat vehicles. At TOS-1A modern power plant and dynamic protection are installed. Heavy flamethrower received a new launcher, and the transport-loading machine of the complex - a crane."

    I hope that the reloading method has been improved. It's so much faster to be able to replace an entire rocket pack instead of loading them one by one.


    Is this the upgrade that includes extended range I think read it will be extended to
    12km-1 5km
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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:47 am

    MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. Russia’s Splav Research and Production Association has starting developing a prototype of the next-generation wheeled-chassis heavy flame-throwing system dubbed Tosochka, CEO of Techmash Holding Company Vladimir Lepin said on Friday.

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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  Interlinked on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:55 am

    Looks like the increased range of the new thermobaric rockets made the heavy armour of the tank-based TOS-1/A unnecessary, so they moved to a wheeled system for extra mobility and reduced cost. Nothing but good things can come from that. Having a rocket launcher sit in the open for a few minutes to aim and fire while staying within the firing distance of the enemy's ATGMs was never a comforting thought.
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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  GarryB on Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:03 pm

    Being a rather effective system would make it a rather high priority target for those that see it on the battlefield too so having it further from the front lines is probably a good thing.


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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  d_taddei2 on Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:13 pm

    GarryB wrote:Being a rather effective system would make it a rather high priority target for those that see it on the battlefield too so having it further from the front lines is probably a good thing.

    As well as being faster in wheeled configuration shoot and scoot tactics. The system depending on what wheeled chassis it's mounted on could be designed to look like a heavy truck the launcher designed to sit behind the cab rectangular in shape and when ready up it pops to recce units or aircraft iT would suddenly be a not so interesting target.
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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  George1 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:04 pm

    Russian Arctic brigades to be equipped with an Arctic version of the Smerch MLRS that will be based on the DT-30PM ATV.

    Izvestia graphic of what it may look like:



    https://iz.ru/706026/2018-02-08/arkticheskaia-rszo-smerch


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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  Isos on Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:36 pm

    George1 wrote:Russian Arctic brigades to be equipped with an Arctic version of the Smerch MLRS that will be based on the DT-30PM ATV.

    Izvestia graphic of what it may look like:



    https://iz.ru/706026/2018-02-08/arkticheskaia-rszo-smerch

    Where is the tornado ? They are suposed to be lighter and better than earlier version like Smerch so better for arctic.
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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  George1 on Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:21 am

    3 TOS-1A Solntsepek MLRS sets have been transferred to a Nuclear,Biological & Chemical protection (RKhBZ) regiment in the Altai Krai (TsVO), Russia. [This is prob. 10th NBC Protection Regiment (PRKhBZ) in the village of Topchikha]



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    Re: Russian MRLS: Grad, Smerch, Uragan. TOS-1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:29 pm

    Tornado uses 122mm, 220mm and 300mm rockets (as per Grad, Uragan, and Smerch), so it uses existing rocket sizes and therefore the same weight, but the vehicles were supposed to be lighter.

    In this case the DT series vehicles are optimised for the arctic... ie two vehicles with a fully articulated hydraulic arm between them so it can start in the water and use tracks and hydraulics to get the front vehicle and then the rear vehicle onto a piece of floating ice.

    The original Smerch vehicle even if it could be made to float could not do this... the weight of the vehicle would break the edge off the ice and it would just remain in the water and be an ice breaker instead of being able to recover itself onto the ice.


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