In March, during a trip to Belarus, we were able to visit artillery firing, where Hurricanes and BelGradas fired volley fire systems at targets.
Jet system of volley fire "Hurricane"
The 9P140 combat vehicle is made on the chassis of a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle ZIL-135ЛМ (wheel formula 8 × 8). The artillery unit consists of a package of sixteen tubular guides, a swivel base with guidance mechanisms and sights, as well as electrical and hydraulic equipment.
2. Calculation of the combat vehicle - 6 man (in peacetime - 4): BM commander, gunner (senior gunner), driver, number of calculation (3 people). When driving on a highway at full load, the car accelerates to 65 km / h, the range of fuel is 570 km. The capacity of the main fuel tank is 300 l, there are two additional 100 l. Without preliminary preparation overcomes fords with a depth of 1,2 m.
3. Firing range
Minimum, m - 8 000
Maximum, m - 35 000
Area of damage, sq. M - 426 000
This time, the planned shooting at a distance of 8,5 kilometers, half a pack - 8 missiles.
4. I was allowed to climb and face death. Friends, I will tell you that the projectiles protruding from the guides look very creepy ... A cluster projectile, that is, it will separate in the air, which allows you to cover a large area. One such disc covers several football fields ...
5. By the method of exclusion, I came to the conclusion that the Hurricane was charged with a 9М27К rocket projectile with a cluster warhead with fragmentation combat elements. Designed to defeat manpower and unarmored vehicles in the places of their concentration. Mass: projectile - 271 kg, combat element - 1,85 kg, explosive BE - 0,3 kg. Length - 5178 mm. Firing range: maximum - 35 km, minimum - 7,5 km.
6. I didn’t want to get close to such an installation. When the familiar “333” team sounded and the Hurricane suddenly began to spit fire, I really wanted to dig into the fertile land of the Belarusian fields. Deeper. Guys, I was impressed for another week. This is pure horror. No, not pure, it is a wild mixture of horror and admiration. A hundred meters from the volley the air moved. There was a roar of shells that flew from the guides with wild speed. We, like turtles, hid our heads in the shoulders and pressed the cameras tightly to our faces.
7. The deafening roar of the shells was hypnotized. At that moment I envied the fighter who pressed the button (pulling the lever, I don’t know what was there).
8. Polpaket flew almost instantly, but for some reason these seconds seemed very long. This is a damn awesome, frightening and fascinating sight. For a long time I tried to describe in words and sounds what a “Hurricane” volley is, but I could not make anything except wild sounds))
9. Here they are - shells fly to the goal. After a few moments, they could be heard falling to the ground. Never, for anything in the world, I would not want to be in this place.
The volley fire system "Grad"
10. Slightly stunned, we move again, now to BelGradam. Well, we are already grated guys, we all saw, we all know)
11. BelGrad is an analogue of Grad, but based on MAZ. The fact is that the MAZ-6317 has almost twice the length of the cargo platform as compared to the “Ural-375D” (6250 and 3900 mm, respectively). This allowed the installation of 40 rocket projectiles between the cockpit and artillery part ( 80 shells), reload the launcher without using a transport-loading machine and thus reduce the preparation time for the second salvo.
12. Near each calculation a trench was dug, where we immediately dived. The fighter bewildered looks at the invasion of unknowns)
13. And they seemed to see the launch of the Hurricane, but at that distance - about 20 meters - I still wanted to dig in the sand. And here all installations fired. The buzz was incredible!
14. This is how the first half day passed in the Belarusian army. It was powerful. Incredible. Fearfully. In moments of start-up terribly jealous clicking on the button. The only addition - let it all weapon will be used only on exercises. I am sure that together we will live in peace if we make a little effort.
15. See also “Rest in Peace: Abandoned Military Objects” and “Aircraft Carrier George Bush”.