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Turkish MLRS TRLG-230 in Ukraine

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Turkish MLRS TRLG-230 in Ukraine
MLRS TRG-230 based on the universal launcher MBRL



In recent months, Ukraine has lost more than 900 multiple launch rocket systems and is now trying to make up for the losses with foreign equipment. The other day it became known that the Turkish MLRS TRLG-230 became the next imported model in service with Ukrainian formations. Detailed information on the supply of such equipment is not yet available, but the available data allow us to draw some conclusions.

New delivery


On November 21, the well-known resource Oryx published an article about the military-technical cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine in recent months, after the start of the Russian Special Operation. It lists various models of Turkish-made weapons and equipment that were transferred to the Ukrainian side. At the same time, one of these deliveries is mentioned in the open press for the first time.

Oryx reports that back in the summer, Ukraine received TRLG-230 multiple launch rocket systems manufactured by the Turkish company Roketsan. More accurate information about delivery times, quantity of equipment, etc. not given. At the same time, the resource assessed the potential of the Turkish MLRS when used in conjunction with reconnaissance and strike UAVs, also supplied by Turkey.

Soon, information about the delivery of Turkish MLRS was confirmed by the Ukrainian media. However, no further details were provided. However, a video has been released showing the TRLG-230 system in a war zone. Only one combat vehicle is demonstrated at a firing position and the launch of one rocket projectile. When and where this video was filmed is unknown. At the same time, it is made in black and white, which makes it difficult to determine even the approximate shooting time.

Thus, at the moment, only the very fact of the delivery of Turkish-made MLRS is reliably known. The amount of equipment that ended up in Ukraine, and ammunition for it, remains unknown. Also, there is no exact information about the combat use and obtaining any results. The published video with the launch of one rocket “in that direction” does not reveal these issues in any way.

The destruction of TRGL-230 systems has not yet been reported either. However, the experience of recent months shows that any sample of foreign equipment that got to Ukraine quickly fills up the list of losses. If Turkish MLRS really appeared in the combat zone, news their defeat will not be long in coming.


A modern solution


The Turkish defense industry, represented by Roketsan, has extensive experience in creating multiple launch rocket systems - several such projects have been developed in recent decades. MLRS TRG / TRLG-230 is the newest development of its kind. The system was created at the end of the tenth years, and its official presentation took place last year at the IDEF-2021 exhibition.

TRG-230 was designed as a modern mobile rocket artillery system with a long range and increased accuracy. Such tasks were solved both with the help of well-known and proven solutions, and due to new components. In particular, one of the variants of the rocket projectile received laser guidance, which is uncharacteristic for such ammunition.

Roketsan is actively promoting its MLRS in the international market and has generally succeeded in this. In January 2022, it became known about the first export contract for the supply of TRG-230. The first customer of this product was the armed forces of Bangladesh, and at the time of the appearance of such news, they managed to receive several new MLRS.

No other foreign orders have been reported until recently. The Turkish army also does not show visible interest in a promising system. Now it became known that a few months ago at least one system went to Ukraine. Whether this was a direct order from the Kyiv regime, or the equipment was built at Turkish expense as assistance, is unknown.

Technical features


From the point of view of the overall architecture, the Turkish TGR / TRLG-230 does not differ from the mass of other MLRS. The main component of the system is a self-propelled combat vehicle of the MBRL type on a wheeled chassis, equipped with a universal launcher for various types of rockets. Such a system is able to quickly reach a given position and attack various enemy targets at tactical depth.

Experienced and well-known serial MBRLs are built on a four-axle chassis of the Russian KamAZ plant. The original machine is supplemented with leveling jacks and a casing with the necessary equipment behind the cab. The turntable with the launcher is placed at the rear of the cargo area. It accommodates six transport and launch containers with 230-mm rockets.


The THR-230 uses the Turkish-designed self-propelled guided missile of the same name. This is a product weighing 215 kg, built in a case of variable diameter with a maximum caliber of 230 mm. Guidance and warhead are placed in the head of the rocket, and the rest of the hull is given over to a solid-propellant engine. Launch range - from 20 to 70 km.

There are two modifications of the rocket with different correction / guidance methods. The first is equipped only with navigation aids, inertial and satellite (including those based on Russian GLONASS signals). In the second case, navigation is supplemented by a laser seeker - this version of the system is called TRLG-230. According to data from navigation aids or seeker, the autopilot controls the rudders and corrects the flight path. For a missile of the basic configuration, the KVO does not exceed 10 m.

Both missiles are equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation warhead weighing 42 kg. Targets within a radius of at least 50-55 m are exposed to ready-made submunitions in the form of small balls. The fuse provides detonation upon contact with the surface or at a given height.

Advantages and disadvantages


In general, the Turkish MLRS TRG / TRLG-230 is a rather interesting model. It is similar to other multiple launch rocket systems, but has different features and capabilities. At the same time, not all the existing differences are unequivocally positive and give only advantages.

So, you should consider the declared characteristics of missiles. Two such products are made in 230 mm caliber, and in this respect they are similar to shells for the Russian Uragan MLRS. However, Turkish ammunition has a range of up to 70 km, which makes it possible to compare them with the missiles of the Russian Smerch.

At the same time, TRG-230 loses to both Russian MLRS in terms of payload and impact on the target. The rocket from Roketsan carries a 42-kg warhead, while products for the Hurricane, despite the smaller caliber, deliver at least 90 kg of load to the target. In addition, the Turkish projectile has only one type of equipment.


Rocket close up

The TRG-230 project provides for equipping the missile with trajectory correction tools that increase the accuracy of the hit. Such systems are typical for all modern MLRS, and the Turkish product does not receive any advantages over foreign competitors.

At the same time, a laser-guided missile was developed - a unique munition for the MLRS. Such a product is capable of hitting a specific object illuminated by a laser designator. With the appropriate reconnaissance and illumination equipment, the TRLG-230 rocket turns a conventional MLRS into a long-range and high-precision weapon. At the same time, the increase in accuracy can compensate for the restrictions on the mass of the warhead.

Advertising campaign


Thus, from a technical point of view, the Roketsan TRG-230 MLRS is a modern and interesting model with special capabilities. It is quite able to interest potential buyers and find its place in the market. At the same time, customers can be attracted not only by advertising materials, but also by the results of real combat use.

It is possible that several of these MLRS were transferred to Ukraine not only as assistance. The Turkish side can plan a full-fledged advertising campaign - as was already the case with drones. In this case, TRG-230 will be praised in every possible way and demonstrate the results of combat use. At the same time, they will try to hide any problems, losses, etc.

It should be noted that the success of such an advertising campaign immediately raises doubts. It is unlikely that a large number of MLRS were transferred to Ukraine, and several vehicles will not be enough to make up for the losses of the past months. In addition, Ukrainian artillery should not hope for outstanding results in combat use. In particular, for the reason that the Russian air defense has learned to shoot down missiles of various multiple launch rocket systems, and other types of troops deliver effective retaliatory strikes.

with predictable results


Thus, another country is transferring modern weapons to the Kyiv regime. At the same time, the visible features of such a supply indicate that its purpose is far from helping "in the struggle for the ideals of democracy." The Turkish side sent its TRG-230 MLRS for additional tests in a real conflict, as well as to demonstrate equipment for promotional purposes.

It is unlikely that Turkey and Ukraine should count on outstanding results and expect that a few MLRS will be able to change the situation on the front. However, the real state of affairs does not at all prevent them from talking about outstanding successes, victories, etc. - in order to create the necessary image and advertising. However, it is not yet clear how potential customers will react to such advertising.
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  1. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 25 November 2022 06: 03
    +13
    Friend Erdogan was friendly as always ... I wouldn’t be surprised if he sends the S400 sold to him by the GDP to Ukraine ... so to speak, at our VKS to check the effectiveness of this system.
    We cannot sell our weapons to our potential enemies.
    1. Tatar 174
      Tatar 174 25 November 2022 06: 09
      +1
      It is not clear why Turkey, being our partner, is helping the dill with weapons??? We are everything they need, and they help the Ukronazis to kill ours... How and for how long will this continue?!
      1. Lech from Android.
        Lech from Android. 25 November 2022 06: 37
        +16
        Quote: Tatar 174
        Turkey, as our partner, helps dill with weapons

        A partner is not a friend or comrade. smile
        In the boxing ring, a partner can knock out if you relax.
      2. Machito
        Machito 25 November 2022 08: 14
        +10
        Quote: Tartar 174
        It is not clear why Turkey, being our partner, is helping the dill with weapons??? We are everything they need, and they help the Ukronazis to kill ours... How and for how long will this continue?!

        Chassis based on KAMAZ, corrected by GLONASS. It is necessary to transfer the captured peacekeeping Stringers and Javelins to peaceful Kurds for testing.
        1. Expert2017
          Expert2017 27 November 2022 00: 12
          +1
          Take it higher. Air defense with MLRS is also possible. To not relax there.
      3. Nikolaevich I
        Nikolaevich I 25 November 2022 09: 23
        +8
        Quote: Tatar 174
        It is not clear why Turkey, being our partner, is helping the dill with weapons???

        Because Putin allows!
        Quote: Tatar 174
        How and how long will it last?

        As long as Putin will allow!
        1. 9PA
          9PA 19 January 2023 09: 59
          0
          And who is Putin in general, his last dogs have ceased to respect
      4. Alexey RA
        Alexey RA 25 November 2022 11: 20
        +7
        Quote: Tatar 174
        It is not clear why Turkey, being our partner, is helping the dill with weapons???

        Because Ukraine (or rather the West) pays for supplies. Nothing personal just business.

        And in general, we should not forget that this is the same Turkey with which we trade with one hand, and with the other we are waging a proxy war in Syria (and in Libya as well).
      5. Arsen1
        Arsen1 25 November 2022 23: 30
        +4
        Partners are partners, but they shot down the plane. And got off with tomatoes
      6. know-it-two
        know-it-two 15 January 2023 22: 04
        0
        A partner for the Russian Federation is Iran ..., Well, Turkey .. (Shooted down Su-24 in Syria, Bayraktary - Ukraine, armored vehicles in the NVO zone). Someone would write Turkey for the Russian Federation, but I'm afraid they will block ... soldier
    2. Dost
      Dost 25 November 2022 15: 53
      0
      I think that we can also make friends in Syria and Iraq, but we won't. We are not like that.
    3. withoutreverse
      withoutreverse 26 November 2022 14: 42
      +8
      Business partners are all the same.. nothing personal, just business!
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 25 November 2022 07: 37
    +2
    The Turkish side sent its TRG-230 MLRS for additional tests in a real conflict, as well as to demonstrate equipment for promotional purposes.
    There is nothing to guess about here.
  3. HattinGokbori88
    HattinGokbori88 25 November 2022 07: 46
    +2
    Turkish arms supplies to Ukraine have not been carried out since the last 3 months. The missiles arrived in Ukraine at the beginning of the summer, either before or at the very beginning of the war. It was part of an arms deal signed between the two countries. But before the Turks could train the Ukrainian soldiers, the war began. When Ukraine received HIMARS from the US, they did not disclose the Turkish system to the public due to a lack of trained personnel and due to strong Turkish pressure.
    As HIMARS ammunition is running low and Ukrainian soldiers have been training on the system, they have finally started using it.

    Sources:
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-supplied-laser-guided-missiles-ukraine
    https://www.oryxspioenkop.com/
    https://mil.in.ua/en/news/ukrainian-military-receives-turkish-trlg-230-precision-guided-missiles-oryx/
  4. Popandos
    Popandos 25 November 2022 09: 11
    +3
    Quote: Tartar 174
    It is not clear why Turkey, being our partner, is helping the dill with weapons??? We are everything they need, and they help the Ukronazis to kill ours... How and for how long will this continue?!

    And why not?
    We pump gas through our enemy and pay him for transit.
    Some are war, and some are mothers.
    First you need to ask for something like this from our leadership, and then from the country of a NATO member.
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 25 November 2022 09: 38
      +7
      We are also arming Syria, which is also shooting at the Turks and Turkish subjects of the Turkmen.
  5. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 25 November 2022 09: 37
    +1
    Of great importance are reconnaissance means and the transfer of data from them to launchers, which we see with the Hymars.
  6. Alexander Toroshchin
    Alexander Toroshchin 25 November 2022 10: 23
    +2
    Thank Erdogan for small dirty tricks to the very tomatoes. Gratitude should cover a sufficient list of material values ​​for the Turkish forgiveness to smell it in their pockets.
  7. Eric D.
    Eric D. 25 November 2022 10: 32
    +3
    An excellent foreign policy when our country is against the whole planet earth, when Russian planes will be shot down from 400! Again, they outplayed everyone, even themselves!
  8. solar
    solar 25 November 2022 11: 29
    +4
    The term MLRS hurts the eyes.
    In fact, like Himars, these are not MLRS, but universal launchers for precision weapons.
    They do not assume any volley fire across the area, like MLRS.
    These TRGL-230s are an addition to Himars. They allow you to quickly hit mobile targets without the use of expensive strike UAVs.
    1. Bogalex
      Bogalex 25 November 2022 13: 21
      +2
      What makes you think that the Himarsy "Do not expect any volley fire on the area, like MLRS"?
      They have shells of the appropriate design in their ammunition load, as well as the capabilities of BM. Why such a strange conclusion?
      1. solar
        solar 25 November 2022 14: 25
        -1
        What makes you think that the Himarsy "Do not expect any volley fire on the area, like MLRS"?

        They can theoretically use unguided projectiles, and not just guided ones, since this is a universal launcher.
        But the production of unguided (M26) has been discontinued, they have been withdrawn from service.
        In service only managed.
        1. Bogalex
          Bogalex 25 November 2022 14: 43
          +1
          Is there any evidence to back up what you're saying? Maybe the production of the RS M26 was discontinued only in connection with the adoption of the RS M26A1ER and M26A2ER?
  9. steelmaker
    steelmaker 25 November 2022 12: 20
    +4
    If our politicians, led by Putin, for the supply of these MLRS, would stop gas supplies to Turkey, or stop building a nuclear power plant on their own credit, or strike at Idlib, but they could do a lot of things. Then maybe there would not be these weapons in Ukraine. I repeat: "Putin has never defended the interests of Russia!" Nothing personal just business.
    1. yuriy55
      yuriy55 25 November 2022 14: 40
      +2
      Quote: steel maker
      I repeat: "Putin has never defended the interests of Russia!" Nothing personal just business.

      Putin put the interests of Russia in second place, after the interests of Russian business!!!
      This is what we are convinced of during the twenty-two years of his reign.
    2. ch28k38
      ch28k38 2 January 2023 01: 55
      0
      In this context, Turkey is an abstract concept, as are gas supplies. A specific manufacturer sold the installation and Putin does not command the valve, there are corresponding services in Gazprom for this. The times of Comrade Stalin never disappear from my head.
  10. Bogalex
    Bogalex 25 November 2022 13: 19
    +7
    If Turkish MLRS really appeared in the war zone, news of their defeat would not be long in coming.

    Come on! laughing
    Tell me, storyteller, how many PzH 2000s, "Crabs" and "Himers" have already lost the Armed Forces of Ukraine? And, preferably, with references, and not from the words of Konashenkov, who has already "denazified" the entire male population of Ukraine almost three times.
  11. Bogalex
    Bogalex 25 November 2022 13: 36
    +5
    At the same time, TRG-230 loses to both Russian MLRS in terms of payload and impact on the target.

    How can it lose to the Russian MLRS in terms of impact on the target, if it is high-precision, and the Russian MLRS, alas, are not ??? What's on the author's mind?
  12. Bogalex
    Bogalex 25 November 2022 13: 44
    +3
    Russian air defense has learned to shoot down missiles of various multiple launch rocket systems

    Tell the people of Kherson about it.
  13. Bogalex
    Bogalex 25 November 2022 13: 50
    +2
    I would very much like to see how the author, having fallen under the fire of these MLRS, would reassure himself with the thoughts that
    It is unlikely that Turkey and Ukraine should count on outstanding results and expect that a few MLRS will be able to change the situation on the front

    But those are unrealistic fantasies...
  14. APASUS
    APASUS 25 November 2022 14: 26
    -2
    I won’t be surprised that now our orderlies will probably find a weevil beetle in Turkish tomatoes.
    Politics is a dirty business, but the worst thing is that now there is a war and politicians rule. We betray our interests or make concessions, where you could just call Erdogan and I think he would understand
    1. Diverter
      Diverter 25 November 2022 23: 32
      +2
      So the Turks can present for neighboring Syria
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 28 November 2022 08: 20
        0
        Quote: Saboteur
        So the Turks can present for neighboring Syria

        What can the Turks present?
        1. Diverter
          Diverter 29 November 2022 14: 12
          0
          those. Are you aware of the events in Syria?
  15. yuriy55
    yuriy55 25 November 2022 14: 36
    +1
    It is unlikely that Turkey and Ukraine should count on outstanding results and expect that a few MLRS will be able to change the situation on the front.

    It is unlikely that Russia should hope that the meaning of the saying: "From the world on a string - naked Ukraine, horseradish all over the face" will change to: "No matter how much you feed Ukraine, the Russian Iskander is faster and more powerful."
    Russia MUST BE READY for the worst case scenario for it, including the inevitability of using tactical nuclear weapons to stop the DESTRUCTION OF THE RUSSIAN STATEHOOD.
    If it seems to someone that this will never happen - the period of "HMS-EBN" is in their memory.
    We do not have the moral right and the physical ability to set the course of history in the direction indicated by the West. Thus the West, which divided the Russian empire, then set its sights on the USSR and divided it into national quarters, which today sees the outcome of events in Ukraine only in the complete destruction of Russia.
    Enough to convince US (amuse yourself with whatever fantasies you like) that everything will resolve itself.
    There, in the West, they continue to work on the 9th package of sanctions and are going to help Ukraine until the complete victory over Putin (Russia).
    It's time to destroy the object of aid itself, no matter how inhuman it may look. The Russian government should think about this every hour.
  16. Sergeant_Soviet_Army
    Sergeant_Soviet_Army 26 November 2022 10: 17
    +1
    One word Turks! They also need to cut off the gas, like the gay Europeans, let them dance!
  17. n-Stozhar
    n-Stozhar 26 November 2022 16: 02
    0
    Don’t worry, office layman. Feel free to go to Turkey spending dollars and euros at resorts. Judging by the article, Eretmann put a little MLRS against mobs .. collect statistics and check efficiency
  18. Igor Chupakhin
    Igor Chupakhin 26 November 2022 18: 30
    +2
    What can I say: "Family friends"!
    A kind of coming out-Turkish-Russian military-industrial family! Interesting: "What other technologies are we planning for the Turks, but who knows who else - to take and transfer?
  19. Fangaro
    Fangaro 26 November 2022 23: 29
    0
    Again I looked at the photo at the beginning of the news ...
    Such a hefty colossus for transporting six missiles, which are no larger than the soldier standing next to him.
    I understand that the size of the rocket does not mean its safety for those to whom this rocket will be sent.
  20. futurohunter
    futurohunter 29 November 2022 11: 26
    +2
    And who will answer for Kamaz and Glonass? Here, in Russia? Why weren't clauses included in the agreement on the coordination of the delivery of the system using Russian technologies to other countries? As far as I understand, this is done in the S-400 agreement ...
    The Ukrainian Kamaz, flashing missiles guided from a Russian satellite, looks very symbolic. Here is a win!
  21. JPD
    JPD 1 January 2023 17: 27
    0
    Campaign, the Turks decided to conduct a "baptism of fire" of their product (to test it in a combat situation). Most likely 2-4 cars + Turkish specialists from the manufacturer for analysis .... but someone from Banderstan raped a gesheft. ..And the fact that ,, friend ,, Erdogan crap where he can doubt it ... BUT)) ... keep your enemies close, and ,, friends ,, even closer ...