Russia plans to upgrade 122mm Tornado multiple rocket launcher

MOSCOW, ($1=74.34 Russian Rubles) – Designed to replace the BM-21 City, which was widely exported during the Soviet era, the 9A53-G Tornado [or Tornado-G] multiple rocket launcher entered service in the Russian Armed Forces in 2011.

Russia plans to upgrade 122mm Tornado multiple rocket launcher
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Mounted on the chassis of a Ural-4320 truck capable of a top speed of 82 km / h and a range of 800 km, the Tornado-G has 40 122 mm missile tubes, a satellite guidance system, and a line of fire. In December 2019, its manufacturer, Tecmash, announced an upgraded version.

However, a new version of this artillery system, intended for Russian airborne troops, is expected to appear soon, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing opex360.com. This is what Alexander Smirnov, director of NPO Splav, a subsidiary of Techmash, really told TASS last week.

“The state’s new weapons program is likely to include a new modification, the Tornado-G air descent, mounted on a new chassis. We are ready to do this work and it is up to the client [the Russian Ministry of Defense] to make a decision,” Smirnov said.

In the past, the Russian airborne troops were already equipped with such systems, in particular with 9K54 “City-V”, which came into operation in 1967. Mounted on the chassis of a truck GAZ-66B 4 × 4 and showing a mass 6 – ton of battle launches bursts of 12 missiles of 122 mm, at a distance of up to 20 km. Probably the “air” version of the Tornado-G will have more or less the same characteristics, but with improved characteristics, both in terms of range and accuracy.

We remind you that there is also the Tornado-C rocket-propelled grenade system, which, designed to replace the BM-30 Sword, is equipped with six tubes for 300 mm missiles, which can be explosive, incendiary, fragmentation, or thermobaric. Its maximum range can reach 120 km, which allows it to cover an area of ​​more than 60 hectares.

“Tornado volley missile systems will remain great weapons for a long time to come. They are conceptually new and their effectiveness is well established,” said the director of the NGO Splav. He continued, new 300-millimeter guided missiles are to be delivered to Russian forces.

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