North Korean camouflaged MLRS

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North Korean camouflaged MLRS
New MLRS in parade formation


The DPRK is developing new types of weapons and equipment based on its needs and capabilities, which often leads to very interesting results. Thus, a few days ago they showed for the first time a pair of new multiple launch rocket systems intended for militia units. These combat vehicles are built on the basis of available trucks and are disguised as civilian vehicles.



Technique at the parade


On the evening of September 8, a military parade of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Militia (Guard) and the DPRK Red Young Guard took place in Pyongyang, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK. By area Kim Il Sung's parade squads of various structures and formations involved in the defense of the country marched solemnly. Also participating in the parade was a mechanized column, which included both already known and new models.

For the first time, a pair of unusual MLRS were shown at an open event. These combat vehicles are made on the basis of civilian equipment, while maintaining its appearance for camouflage. The parade squad included several “vans” and “dump trucks” with unusual “cargo” for military purposes.


Vans with launcher

It is curious that not only missile launchers were camouflaged. The crews of combat vehicles also hide their specialty. Thus, the crews of the “vans” were dressed in white coats of logistics and trade workers, and the “dump trucks” were driven by “workers” and “builders” in overalls and helmets. However, the presence of machine guns in the hands of these militias violates the conspiracy.

Unfortunately, no additional information about the two new MLRS for the militia has yet been revealed. However, these products are built on the basis of ready-made components that can be easily recognized - and from them the main capabilities and potential of the equipment can be determined. In addition, one should evaluate the very concept of camouflaged rocket artillery combat vehicles, implemented, obviously, in industrial conditions.

Rocket Van


The first to enter the square were MLRS disguised as trucks with insulated vans. These vehicles are built on a two-axle chassis, probably of North Korean or Chinese origin. A container is mounted on the chassis, outwardly similar to units for transporting food, etc. cargo.


A sliding hatch is provided in the roof of such a container to lift the launcher into the firing position. The rear hinged door opens to release reactive gases; the doors are fixed on the sides of the van. There is another sliding door on board for access inside and work with the launcher. In addition, there are spaces inside to accommodate crew numbers that do not fit in the main cabin.

The launcher of such an MLRS is quite simple and unified with units of other combat vehicles. A swinging frame is used, which is responsible for vertical guidance. The elevation angle determines the firing range. It is likely that horizontal guidance is possible within a small sector.

On the swinging part there are two packages with six launch tubes in each. Judging by the dimensions and proportions, this MLRS uses 122 mm caliber shells. Accordingly, the main combat characteristics of the vehicle are at the level of the Soviet "Grad" and its copies - taking into account the smaller ammunition load. When using a standard family of projectiles, the “food van” can attack targets at ranges of up to 40 km.


Part of the crew moves inside the van

Larger caliber dump truck


The second new model is an MLRS disguised as a dump truck. This technique was made on the basis of Sitruk / HOWO vehicles or their local version from the Tokjun Seungri plant. At the same time, the chassis remains the same and the units of the standard body are used, but the latter has actually become a container for combat equipment.

In the case of a combat “dump truck,” the front and side walls of the body are made motionless. The tailgate is made folding, it performs the tasks of a gas emission shield. A swinging artillery unit was placed inside such a container body. Probably, the standard hydraulics of the dump truck are used to lift it. For the purpose of camouflage, there is a movable cover on top of the launcher, on which bags with imitation building materials are attached.

The dump truck launcher has two packages with six pipes in each. The guides have different proportions and it can be assumed that their caliber is 220 mm. In this case, the MLRS for the militia is an analogue of the Soviet “Uragan”. The maximum firing range can reach 35-36 km, and the difference in the size of the ammunition load is not critical.


MLRS based on a dump truck

Undisguised benefits


Thus, the DPRK began to equip its militia with rocket artillery of an unusual appearance. So far, two types of combat vehicles of this kind have been presented, but there may be other developments with certain differences and features. Moreover, all such samples, regardless of the exact appearance and parameters, have common advantages and disadvantages.

First of all, production, economic and operational advantages are achieved. Thus, both new MLRS use ready-made serial chassis with fairly high characteristics that do not require a special approach. Moreover, their conversion into military equipment is not associated with significant difficulties, and the technical characteristics correspond to the assigned tasks. In theory, North Korean industry can quickly establish a full-scale production of such MLRS and cover all the needs of the militia, sharply increasing its combat effectiveness.

The artillery part of both combat vehicles is made on full-fledged MLRS units and uses the same ammunition. This determines the combat qualities of the new equipment and its overall potential. In addition, unification of ammunition avoids unnecessary burden on industry and logistics.


Of great interest is the tactical potential of the “van” and “dump truck”, determined by their camouflage. In this design, MLRS can move on public roads among ordinary cars and not attract unnecessary attention. It will be extremely difficult for a potential enemy to identify and track camouflaged combat vehicles, even using all modern reconnaissance means.

As a result, the enemy will not be able to determine in advance the movement of the MLRS into position and take the necessary measures. A preventive “hunt” for such vehicles will be complicated by the presence of a mass of false targets in the form of ordinary trucks, and the effectiveness of such measures is in question. In fact, it is guaranteed to identify and hit a camouflaged MLRS only at the reloading point or at the firing position. For obvious reasons, the solution to such a problem is not simple.

For all their advantages, the two new North Korean MLRS have obvious disadvantages. First of all, this is a certain complexity of the design. The camouflage had to be paid for by the need to install additional units that are not required by a “regular” combat vehicle.


Launchers for 122 and 220 mm caliber rockets had to fit into the available volume of the van and body. Because of this, both vehicles have limited ammunition ready for launch. In this respect, they are inferior to full-fledged MLRS of the main types that use the same ammunition.

For your niche


The DPRK pays great attention to the development of missile weapons of all classes, starting from multiple launch rocket systems. MLRS of different calibers and designs are being developed, incl. simplified “mobilization” samples. In addition, they have now shown a pair of specialized camouflaged MLRS for use in militia artillery.

The resulting MLRS have obvious tactical advantages and obvious technical limitations. At the same time, competent use of such technology will allow you to fully realize its strengths and mitigate its shortcomings. In addition, with sufficient quantities, such equipment, together with other equipment of the militia and equipment of the armed forces, can become a means of deterrence and prevent negative developments.
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  1. +18
    12 September 2023 05: 08
    There is such an approach. Kim is absolutely handsome.
    1. +5
      12 September 2023 06: 07
      Faced with such a disguise, NATO will destroy all civilian equipment
      1. +13
        12 September 2023 06: 14
        The consumption of ammunition will be crazy if all the equipment is destroyed.
        1. 0
          13 September 2023 08: 25
          What difference does it make to them? This is NATO. In addition, there are not many vehicles in North Korea and almost all of them are state-owned
      2. +9
        12 September 2023 09: 55
        So they never paid attention. They thrashed regardless of the ownership of the objects, equipment and civilian population.. According to the precepts of Punisher General Sheridan - “A good Indian is a dead Indian.”
      3. +5
        12 September 2023 19: 14
        They will destroy everything anyway; in the initial period, such camouflage may help, but then things will go on. feel

        From a message from the Soviet Information Bureau:
        Yesterday, a Soviet combine harvester, working peacefully at the border, was fired upon by militarists belay
        In response, the combine fired a volley of missiles and then flew back to the base. soldier wink
    2. -4
      12 September 2023 20: 59
      Quote: Alien From
      There is such an approach. Kim is absolutely handsome.

      Total stupidity.
      In conditions of such actions as in the Northern Military District, civilians will always be destroyed.
      Because dual-use technologies and similar ones are equated to military ones.
      And then screams of turbo-patriotism, the enemies destroyed a civilian grain tanker.
      It’s not a good idea to disguise an MLRS as a grain truck...
    3. 0
      13 September 2023 12: 26
      Thus, the crews of the “vans” were dressed in white coats of logistics and trade workers, and the “dump trucks” were driven by “workers” and “builders” in overalls and helmets. However, the presence of machine guns in the hands of these militias violates the conspiracy.
      laughing laughing laughing
      This is an example of how to send three letters to mattresses! We have a lot to learn from the Koreans.
  2. +7
    12 September 2023 05: 41
    Well done, of course, but this approach will only work during combat operations against a humane enemy.
    Remembering how NATO burned out entire cities and flooded vast territories with chemicals... the only advantage that remains is an increase in the number of targets and, accordingly, the enemy’s consumption of ammunition due to the sacrifice of non-combat trucks.
    Those. for camouflage of the pre-war period - that’s it, but in the hot phase, I think, mock-ups of military equipment will be more useful.
    1. -3
      12 September 2023 21: 01
      Quote: JcVai
      Well done, of course, but this approach will only work during combat operations against a humane enemy.
      Remembering how NATO burned out entire cities and flooded vast territories with chemicals... the only advantage that remains is an increase in the number of targets and, accordingly, the enemy’s consumption of ammunition due to the sacrifice of non-combat trucks.
      Those. for camouflage of the pre-war period - that’s it, but in the hot phase, I think, mock-ups of military equipment will be more useful.

      Remind me which cities NATO burned out and filled with chemicals?
      I’m just wondering, I’ve been studying military affairs for so many years... and here’s the news...
      1. +3
        12 September 2023 22: 45
        Comrade apparently meant the Second World War. Bombing of German and Japanese cities. They really burned it out. Yes, that's it
        not NATO. The Vietnam War. Poisoning of vast territories. This is already NATO. But the Anglo-Saxons have the same essence. Out of time
      2. 0
        13 September 2023 10: 00
        In Vietnam, most of the territory of Vietnam was filled with dioxide. Dresden was razed to the ground, and in Iraq some cities are just ruins, in Yugoslavia everything is in depleted uranium. If you had not only read the liberal press about the humanity of the Anglas-Saxons, but also some foreign ones who show how humane the Anglas-Saxons are
      3. +1
        20 September 2023 06: 22
        Remind me which cities NATO burned out and filled with chemicals? I’m just wondering, I’ve been studying military affairs for so many years... and here’s the news....

        Study the consequences in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia.
  3. +3
    12 September 2023 05: 46
    A cool example when the military-industrial complex does not steal and save money.
    1. 0
      13 September 2023 10: 04
      The most moronic comment you can see. Draw a conclusion from one MLRS when a country like Russia already has hypersound. Then, by your logic, Russian officials even invest their own money. Don't write such nonsense anymore.
  4. +6
    12 September 2023 06: 05
    Quote: JcVai
    Well done, of course, but this approach will only work during combat operations against a humane enemy.
    Remembering how NATO burned out entire cities and flooded vast territories with chemicals... the only advantage that remains is an increase in the number of targets and, accordingly, the enemy’s consumption of ammunition due to the sacrifice of non-combat trucks.
    Those. for camouflage of the pre-war period - that’s it, but in the hot phase, I think, mock-ups of military equipment will be more useful.

    This approach will only work for the “first” strike... then everything visible and invisible within the reach of the means at our disposal will be burned out
    Now it seems that the entire LBS and deep inside it is teeming with “civilian” transport ... which performs a variety of functions from the delivery of ammunition and DRGs ... “pumping” mortars ... self-made rocket launchers, to simply reconnaissance and the supply of reinforcements
  5. 0
    12 September 2023 06: 09
    Quote: Amateur
    A cool example when the military-industrial complex does not steal and save money.

    If the whole country is one big military-industrial complex... then it’s much easier to control
  6. BAI
    -1
    12 September 2023 06: 12
    An excellent option for modern conditions. No blogger will spoil
  7. +5
    12 September 2023 06: 20
    These combat vehicles are built on the basis of available trucks and are disguised as civilian vehicles.

    This is civilian equipment on which additional equipment is installed in case of war.
    Thus, the crews of the “vans” were dressed in white coats of logistics and trade workers, and the “dump trucks” were driven by “workers” and “builders” in overalls and helmets. However, the presence of machine guns in the hands of these militias violates the conspiracy.

    So they are really logistics and trade workers, workers and builders. They are given machine guns during the war.
    This is a MILITA, not regular troops. The army did not take part in the parade, with the exception of the orchestra. I don't understand how anyone can not understand this.
  8. -16
    12 September 2023 07: 31
    These cars are trash.
    The enemy is going to massively attack civilians to combat these phenomena.
    The uniform is not intended for dogs.
    1. -1
      12 September 2023 09: 54
      shoot up an ambulance or even a hospital, you never know...
  9. +3
    12 September 2023 08: 02
    These combat vehicles are built on the basis of available trucks and disguised as civilian vehicles... In this design, MLRS can move along public roads among ordinary cars and not attract unnecessary attention... the “hunt” for such vehicles will be complicated by the presence of a mass of false targets in the form of regular trucks

    In fact, the 1948 Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons prohibits the use of civilian cover for military objectives and classifies this as a war crime. And the Hague Convention on the Rules of War requires that military personnel have clearly visible insignia.
    And such “disguises”...
    In case of war, God forbid, this will automatically lead to large casualties among the civilian population.:(((
    1. +3
      12 September 2023 08: 58
      I didn’t notice something on these Red Cross vans... Well, the fact that the Ukrainian Armed Forces deploy air defense in residential areas is “that’s different, you don’t understand”...
  10. 0
    12 September 2023 08: 10
    Builders in yellow helmets on red dump trucks, weren’t these the construction workers we were talking about last year, when the DPRK offered services for the restoration of Donbass?
  11. +8
    12 September 2023 08: 11
    The North Korean concept is interesting in its own way, but they are not the “discoverers”! We can cite as an example the Iranian “truck” with the “Shahed-136” UAV... and the Arab “dump truck” of 122 mm caliber, and the “Grad” of the DPR, a la “truck under a tent”! Yes... !Almost forgot!And the Kalibr cruise ship in a 40-foot "sea" container?!

    Iranian "truck" with UAV "Shahed-136"

    Arab 122-mm MLRS "for a dump truck"!

    "Caliber" in a 40-foot container
    1. +1
      12 September 2023 10: 35
      It turns out that everything that is located near the front line, such as a dump truck, a tractor and even a moped, is subject to destruction.
    2. 0
      12 September 2023 12: 26
      in a 40ft container
      This is him still in the 20-foot size (“Club-K” with Kh-35 missiles), the most popular size in the world, and in the 40-foot he is larger.
      1x 20ft container is 1 TEU, 1x 40ft container is 2 TEU, 48ft container is 2.4 TEU, etc. Today, cargo ships annually transport more than 700 million TEU, with a total value of approximately $2 trillion. But how many containers are there in the world today? Nobody knows the answer to this question; such statistics do not exist, because... Containers are manufactured all over the world and are not registered anywhere during manufacture.
      The largest container leasing company in the world, TAL International officially has 4.5 million TEU, while the largest logistics company, Mörsk, has 3.9 million TEU. Unofficially, according to some experts, there are between 72 and 150 million TEU in the world today. By the way, the life of a container is relatively short, only about 10 years. During this time, the container makes about 120 sea voyages on average.
  12. +2
    12 September 2023 09: 23
    But now, just a little bit of provocation - the Koreans are to blame. They disguise the equipment as civilians. That means they are.
    And now they will wash any equipment in the toilet as soon as possible.

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine were scolded and criticized in our media for much less.

    The next step is probably just around the corner. Outwardly, dress the military personnel in clothing similar to civilian clothing. place weapons on civilian ships. Buses.
  13. +1
    12 September 2023 10: 18
    Quote: Clever man
    Faced with such a disguise, NATO will destroy all civilian equipment

    Of course, any technology will be considered a threat.
  14. +3
    12 September 2023 10: 32
    North Korean workers don't even need to change clothes. They are all in one formation. Even if you are in military uniform, even if you are in work overalls. Everything is put into service for the sake of victory against damned imperialism
  15. 0
    12 September 2023 13: 42
    We, too, have everything in place for victory over the mercenaries and mercenaries, and victory will be certain, despite the help of this festering West.
  16. +1
    12 September 2023 14: 47
    This is not camouflage, but the use of civilian equipment for the militia in war as a cheaper weapon. They also hit MLRS from agricultural tractors.
    1. 0
      12 September 2023 15: 25
      Taxis de la Marne | Marne taxi
      Les taxis de la Marne sont les taxis parisiens réquisitionnés par l'armée française lors de la première bataille de la Marne, les 6 et 7 septembre 1914, pour transporter les hommes d'une brigade d'infanterie envoyés en renfort de Paris sur le champ de bataille.
      Marne taxis were Parisian taxis requisitioned by the French army during the First Battle of the Marne, 6 and 7 September 1914, to transport soldiers of the infantry brigade sent as reinforcements from Paris to the battlefield.
      The taxis of the Marne are the Parisian taxis requisitioned by the French army during the first battle of the Marne, September 6 and 7, 1914, to transport the men of an infantry brigade sent as reinforcements from Paris on the field of battle.
  17. 0
    12 September 2023 17: 02
    Nikolaevich I (Vladimir), dear, in addition to exhibition copies, have you seen or perhaps heard something about “Caliber-K”? They exist? "Green Dol" and "Odintsovo" in the White Sea at the "Chizha" training ground successfully fired at various targets, and they were afraid to drown "Vasily Bykov" pr. "Calibers" in them...
  18. 0
    13 September 2023 00: 52
    Everything would be great if the DPRK had its own oil rigs and was filled with oil. And such a decision only causes a bitter smile. In the DPRK, cars are, in principle, sparse due to a shortage of fuel, and those that are used in the civilian sector are not particularly new cars, and such pretentious type of “dump trucks” are really scanty there. You can't hide among them. It’s not for nothing that gentlemen ride bicycles and carry everything they can carry. But anything heavier does not disdain gas generators, and it doesn’t look so neat.
    Perhaps in recent years (since I studied the sad state of affairs in this field in the DPRK) a lot has improved, but in general, all the same, in a country with an endemic military policy, strict state control and a shortage of fuel, IT WILL BE CLEAR TO EVERYONE what kind of cars are so suddenly let's ride, masquerading as a "peaceful Soviet tractor."
    So I have little faith that this will work effectively. Moreover, there are not many normal roads in North Korea, and “peaceful trucks” will not drive off-road - so skepticism, skepticism..
  19. 0
    13 September 2023 11: 02
    Everything would be great if the DPRK had its own oil rigs and was filled with oil. And such a decision only causes a bitter smile.

    1. For war they have more than a million tons of fuel reserves.
    2. They have friends and allies (except Russia and China) who have oil and are also under sanctions (Iran, Venezuela).
    3. They will have large-scale production of synthetic fuel in the near future.
    4. They themselves produce the latest cars and tractors on the required scale for a complete renewal of the vehicle fleet.
  20. 0
    13 September 2023 11: 43
    An original approach, a really reinforced, armed teroborone, and not something that involves issuing carbines, and then spin as best you can.
    In general, now against the backdrop of this visit there will be a lot of fawning articles.
  21. +1
    13 September 2023 12: 12
    It seems to me that bright, cheerful trucks will stand out very much against the background of the rest of North Korean vehicles. It seems like some of their cars still have gas generators, and the rest don’t look so fancy. True, the DPRK has not signed any conventions, so we will omit the use of civilian equipment by the military.
  22. 0
    18 September 2023 16: 30
    Well, we had a BZHRK, however... The Train of Friendship...
  23. 0
    18 September 2023 19: 14
    Envy shows through like the aftereffects of rain!
  24. 0
    19 September 2023 20: 22
    Yes, but what if the enemy didn’t give a damn about any conventions and would hit all “false targets” in general, including humanitarian aid, justifying this by the fact that there were definitely missiles here. Although Koreans are no strangers to eating grass.
  25. 0
    18 November 2023 17: 46
    The entire economy is designed to ensure the country's reliable defense capability. The people and the army are united! Military and civilian equipment are interchangeable
  26. 0
    25 November 2023 08: 31
    Hamas would really like this technique

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