Chileans removed a tank tower and put a 70-mm rocket system

SANTIAGO, ($1=844.40 Chilean Peso) – Fábrica y Maestranzas del Ejército [FAMAE or Factories and Workshops of the Army in English – ed.] conducted a dynamic test to launch 70 mm rockets from its new launch system at the Peldehue battlefield in Colina, using the Chilean army’s Leopard 1V tank as a technology demonstrator.

Chileans removed a tank tower and put a 70-mm rocket system
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According to the latest issue of the weekly Army News, the dynamic test corresponds to the first phase of development of the general design of the René Echeverría Division 122 mm Rocket Launcher System.

FAMAE adopted the Leopard 1V tank as a launchpad for this system, eliminating its tower and replacing it with two containers armed with 20 missiles each.

The activities were attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the institution, General Ricardo Martinez, the Commander of the Military Industry and Engineering [CIMI], Major General Cristobal de la Cerda, and the Director of FAMAE, Brigadier General Rafael Mesa.

High-level project

The 122mm rocket launch project uses Tralcan Multiple Launch System [SLM] technology, and the 70mm rocket is used to validate the idea.

The design and development process for this project was completed between August and October 2021 and the technology demonstrator, which was exhibited in October at the FAMAE anniversary ceremony, was officially presented at the fourth edition of the Military Engineering Exhibition [Expoimil].

The initiative, which has a project run of 18 months, is considering modeling the Leopard 1V with 3D scanning technology; the design, construction, and installation of the container and the launch site; assembling containers and testing the system; and system validation and activation.

The 122-millimeter missile will have a minimum range of 21 km and a maximum of 40 km and a weight of approximately 65.9 kg. The fire control system he will use is Nekulpan, a joint development of FAMAE and Desa, which is equipped with the LAR 160 Rocket Artillery System [SAC].

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