Images of bi-caliber Russian MLRS Vozrozhdenie have been revealed

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Some Russian Telegram [TG] accounts have allegedly released the first photos of the dual-caliber Multiple Launch Rocket System [MLRS] named Vozrozhdenie. The photos appear to include Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu. 

Photo credit: Telegram

The emergence of these images of the Russian MLRS Vozrozhdenie is a significant moment for the Russian military. This indicates that the Kremlin’s vow to introduce the first prototypes for battlefield assessment in Ukraine by mid-2024 is likely to be fulfilled. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds its readers that Sergey Chemezov, General Manager of the state corporation Rostech, has promised to commence the mass production of MLRS Vozrozhdenie in the first half of 2024. 

When Chemezov unveiled the plans for the mass production of the MLRS Vozrozhdenie, some intriguing details were outlined. For instance, Chemezov proclaimed that this system could launch flamethrower missiles and execute remote mining operations.

More details

According to some sources, the MLRS Vozrozhdenie will operate with 220 mm missiles from various Russian systems, including the BM-27 Uragan, TOS-1 Buratino, TOS-1A Solntsepek, and TOS-2 Tosochka. Let’s delve into the details of each rocket: 

The missiles used by the BM-27 Uragan are primarily equipped with high-explosive [HE] warheads. Each 220 mm missile is loaded into the system’s cylindrical launch tubes that direct them towards the target. Propelled by a solid rocket engine, these missiles follow a ballistic trajectory, meaning they are launched into the air and then fall toward their target under the force of gravity. 

Photo credit: Telegram

The Russian TOS-1 Buratino system uses a specific type of rocket known as the 220mm 3M55 rocket. This missile is designed for thermobaric warfare and carries a thermobaric warhead. Such a weapon typically produces a blast wave of significantly longer duration than a conventional condensed explosive. 

The operating principle of these rockets is quite unique. Upon detonation, the initial blast wave disperses a cloud of aerosol propellant into the air surrounding the target. This cloud is then ignited by a secondary charge, creating a massive fireball that incinerates a large area. The fireball is followed by a blast wave of significantly longer duration than that produced by a conventional explosive. 

The Russian TOS-1A Solntsepek system utilizes thermobaric missiles, specifically 220 mm missiles. The warheads of these missiles are filled with fuel-air explosives [FAE]. When the missile reaches its target, the warhead detonates and disperses a cloud of propellant into the air. This cloud of fuel mixes with the oxygen in the air, forming an explosive mixture. A subsequent detonation then ignites this mixture, resulting in a massive explosion. 

The TOS-2 system employs a specific type of thermobaric missile known as the MO.1.02.04 missile. This type of rocket is designed to create a cloud of flammable liquid which, when ignited, results in a large explosion. Besides causing significant damage, the explosion also depletes the oxygen in the area, creating a partial vacuum that can lead to additional damage and injury. 

The MO.1.02.04 missile’s warhead is a fuel-air explosive [FAE]. This kind of weapon disperses an aerosol cloud of propellant that is ignited by a detonator to create an explosion. The ensuing blast wave can cause destruction on a larger scale than traditional explosive weapons.

Presumed chassis

However, the two photos disseminated on Telegram do not fully illustrate the structural integrity of the chassis set to carry the MLRS. Some sources suggest this is the famed Russian KamAZ-6560 chassis, which also carries another notable Russian system – the ISDM Zemledeliye 

The KamAZ 6560 8×8 is a heavy-duty truck produced by KamAZ, a prominent Russian truck manufacturer. It’s designed for arduous operations in diverse conditions, including off-road and challenging terrains. 

The technical specifications of the KamAZ 6560 8×8 are remarkable. It’s powered by a KamAZ-740.60-360 turbocharged diesel engine that delivers up to 360 horsepower. The engine is meticulously crafted to be fuel-efficient and reliable, even in severe conditions. It has a maximum speed of 80 km/h and offers a range of up to 1000 km. 

The truck has a total weight of 21,000 kg and a payload capacity of 12,000 kg. This makes it apt for transporting heavy loads across considerable distances. On top of this, it flaunts a towing capacity of 30,000 kg, making it capable of pulling heavy trailers or other types of equipment. 

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The cooling system in the KamAZ 6560 8×8 is engineered to keep the engine at the optimal operating temperature, even in extreme conditions. It employs a liquid cooling system, superior in efficiency and effectiveness to its air cooling counterpart. This crucial feature ensures the engine stays cool, maintaining its peak performance. 

Finally, the KamAZ 6560 8×8 is equipped with a mechanical gearbox designed with nine forward gears and one reverse gear. This setup allows the driver to choose the most fitting gear for any driving situation, from uphill climbs to smooth cruising on flat roads. The gearbox is robustly built for reliability, ensuring seamless and efficient gear transitions.

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