Russia: ‘We are developing a combined self-guided missile for MLRS Tornado-S’

MOSCOW, (BM) – The first high-precision guided missile with a caliber of 300 mm with a driven head is being developed for the Tornado-S multiple-launch missile system (MLRS), said a source from the military-industrial complex.

Russia: We are developing a combined self-guided missile for MLRS Tornado-S
Photo credit: Rostec

“Research is being carried out to create a new high-precision guided missile for Russia’s 300-mm Tornado-S multiple-launch missile systems. For the first time for MLRS ammunition, the rocket will receive a combined self-guided warhead (GOS). The missile to aim at the target, the rocket will use thermal and television channels for targeting, as well as another semi-active laser system,” the source was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

According to the source, “soon, the stage of bench tests of the applicant for a new rocket will begin.” The source added that “the new ammunition must ensure high-precision destruction of priority small and highly protected targets, such as enemy command posts, communication centers and other long-term structures of the military-industrial infrastructure.

Including, the source said, the developers will realize the possibility of destroying all-time and all-day low-contrast and limited mobile targets.

To date, according to open sources, in the terminology of Russian munitions MLRS, there are guided missiles with an inertial satellite guidance system. However, these munitions do not have a self-guided head.

Recall that in July last year, the general director of the state corporation “Rostec,” Sergei Chemezov said that Russia occupied a third of the world market for multi-missile systems.

The Tornado MLRS was created to replace the Grad and Smerch missile systems in Russia’s armed forces. Tornado systems have a more advanced fire control system and are available in 122 mm Tornado-G and 300 mm Tornado-S versions.


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