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Rocket whirlwind: how to cover 100 football fields

MLRS "Smerch" was adopted in the distant 1987 year and is still not comparable in its power with world peers.

For example, the Americans, creating their MLRS MLRS, came to the conclusion that the firing range of 40 km is the maximum for this type weapons. Increasing the firing distance resulted in unacceptable dispersion of missiles. However, the domestic Smerch, due to the unique design of the rocket, has an accuracy of up to 300 meters. For a system that is able to cover with heavy fire, the area around 700 square. meters, it is insignificant.

Warhead 300-mm projectile "Tornado" can be a single-block high-explosive, cluster (fragmentation type containing self-aiming ammunition or anti-tank mines), thermobaric, etc. Experts in the military field believe that the six Smerch volley fire can stop an offensive of a motorized rifle division.

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  1. svp67
    svp67 19 December 2017 18: 33
    In its current form, "Tornado" is already outdated and requires at least a new missile, more powerful and accurate, and new control equipment. What would turn out "Tornado-S"
    1. ProkletyiPirat
      ProkletyiPirat 19 December 2017 19: 36
      Quote: svp67
      requires at least a new rocket, more powerful and accurate

      But I think on the contrary, we need a more powerful less long-range and much cheaper rocket. And now it’s a little expensive to shoot (I didn’t consider it from the words of the military) So it’s better to make it simpler and cheaper, so that instead of hammering a barrel for a few volleys, cover with missiles with cluster warheads.
      1. m.cempbell
        m.cempbell 19 December 2017 19: 45
        I agree with this logic. Sometimes tactically, this is a better option.
        1. ProkletyiPirat
          ProkletyiPirat 19 December 2017 20: 42
          Yes, it’s not a winning option, it’s just that out of nowhere all sorts of sunshine appeared, the artillery that the reactive one was too overplayed in “range and accuracy” and as a result all sorts of deformities of typically active-howitzer and mortar shots firing at 50 km, or reactive, began to appear Hurricane \ tornado shells firing at 100 + km but at the same time costing so much that it’s easier to call aviation.
          1. Ptah
            Ptah 20 December 2017 09: 24
            And if powerful air defense?
            1. ProkletyiPirat
              ProkletyiPirat 20 December 2017 10: 54
              Are you talking about the ability to shoot down a rocket and the inability to shoot down a shell? Everything is fine here when firing at long distances at some point, the speed of the rocket begins to exceed the speed of the projectile, because the rocket is constantly accelerating, and the projectile, on the contrary, slows down. And so you can detect and shoot down both this and that, just try to shoot down all the shells and missiles.
  2. m.cempbell
    m.cempbell 20 December 2017 11: 35
    instead of hollowing a few hours with a barrel for one volley cover with missiles

    Here, after all, what’s the matter - if there is a positional struggle, then ordinary barrel art, in my opinion, is better. But if a motorized rifle division is rapidly advancing on a front sector (for example), and this attack needs to be urgently stopped, then the MLRS and TOS definitely look more effective. Of course, my personal opinion.
  3. CentDo
    CentDo 20 December 2017 15: 24
    However, the domestic "Smerch", thanks to the unique design of the rocket, has an accuracy of up to 300 meters. For a system that is capable of covering with heavy fire an area of ​​about 700 square meters. meters, it is insignificant.

    700 sq. meters? This is a rectangle with sides of 35m and 20m. Maybe after all, 700 thousand square meters. meters? Although for such an area, a deviation of 300 meters is quite significant.