Innovation Day of the Southern Military District: MLRS Tornado-G

To increase the firepower and combat effectiveness of rocket artillery, a promising rocket launcher Tornado-G was created several years ago. Being a further development of the existing “Grad” system, the new complex has higher characteristics and is able to more effectively solve the tasks assigned to it. MLRS "Tornado-G" has already been adopted and regularly shown to the public at various exhibitions. So, 5 and 6 of October this type of combat vehicle was part of the exposition of the exhibition "Day of Innovations of the Southern Military District", held in Rostov-on-Don.


Work on the modernization of the Grad MLRS began in the eighties. For the first time an updated combat vehicle was tested at the range in 1998 year. However, over the next few years, the upgraded salvo fire system, for several reasons, primarily economic, could not reach mass production. The first contract for the supply of this technology was signed only a few years ago, and the first serial combat vehicles were transferred to the troops no earlier than 2011 of the year. In 2013, the MLRS "Tornado-G" was officially adopted by the Army.

The 9K51М “Tornado-G” reactive volley fire system is a modernized version of the “Grad” complex, which included a number of new equipment. In addition, the updated project involves the use of several new missiles with increased accuracy characteristics and new combat units. In this case, the possibility of using existing munitions of the old types is fully preserved.



Improving the characteristics of the upgraded MLRS is achieved, first of all, through the use of a set of new equipment. Thus, an updated gunner’s control panel, satellite navigation equipment, and a computer for processing incoming information and weapon control are installed in the cockpit. The package of rockets guides is additionally equipped with automated drives for remote control and equipment for remote data entry into the missile guidance systems.

The project of upgrading the volley fire system to the state of "Tornado-G" allows not only to build completely new combat vehicles, but also to update the existing ones by installing new equipment. Thanks to this approach, the new combat vehicle 2B17М fully preserves the basic characteristics of the basic equipment. As before, the work of the complex is managed by the calculation of five people. When driving on a highway, the wheeled vehicle accelerates to 75 km / h.

Thanks to the new equipment, the time required to prepare for shooting has been significantly reduced. After arriving at an unprepared firing position, the Tornado-G can open fire within 3 minutes. A volley of all ammunition from 40 missiles takes at least 20 seconds, depending on the rate of fire. For a short time after the completion of the shooting, the vehicle may leave the firing position. Some sources claim that the MLRS of a new model may leave the position before its missiles fall on the target.

Within the framework of the Tornado-G project, several new 122 mm caliber missiles have been developed, proposed to enhance the performance of the complex. The 9М217 product is equipped with a cluster warhead weighing 25 kg with armor-piercing submunitions. Such a projectile delivers the warhead to a distance of 30 km. Ejected combat elements punch up to 60-70 mm homogeneous armor. The 9М218 missile also carries a cluster warhead, but it is completed with submunitions with higher characteristics. They are able to penetrate up to 100 mm of armor.

The creation of new missiles with increased flight range has been mentioned repeatedly. At the expense of such ammunition, you can significantly increase the range of rocket artillery, up to 100 km. The combat effectiveness of a battery armed with modernized MLRS also increases accordingly.

For certain reasons, the purchase of serial MLRS "Tornado-G" started only at the beginning of this decade. The first information on this matter appeared in 2011, but in 2012, the leadership of the Ministry of Defense refuted it. It was noted that the new technology has not yet been tested, but should soon go to the troops. The first combat vehicles of the new type were handed over to the armed forces in the middle of the 2012 year. In the future, the construction and supply of such equipment continued.

According to some reports, to date, the ground forces have received at least fifty 2B17M Tornado-G combat vehicles. Such equipment is supplied to various units, including artillery units of the Southern Military District. One of the MLRS operated in the Southern Military District recently became an exhibit of the Innovation Day exhibition. We present a photoreview of this car.


As before, the MLRS is based on the Ural-4320 chassis.






Chassis components of the base chassis





Behind the cab, on the cargo platform, the spare wheel and part of the special equipment are still located.



A new gunner console is installed in the cockpit.







Updated launcher. Inside the armor cover under the front of the barrel is part of the new equipment



Shooting plate



Fire control system wiring


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  1. Arktidianets 12 October 2015 08: 53 New
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    Old City in a new way.
    1. EGOrkka 12 October 2015 09: 52 New
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      Arktidianets
      in a new way.



      .... shoot 100 km from the city ??????? it's just a super new way!
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      2. cosmos111 12 October 2015 19: 36 New
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        calculation 5-man ... cabin Ural 2030 ((not armored))) 3 man, where dbdut is 2-a, soldiers of the calculation ????? and whether they will be protected from bullets and shards ???? anyone thought this when developing the MLRS "Tornado-G" ????

        5-local cabin MLRS "Valkyrie" Mk2- 127-mm South Africa
        ((what the ***, is it difficult to study the world experience ???))) There are NO words ....
        2- Negro and 7.62 machine gun on the roof, for self-defense
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        1. cosmos111 12 October 2015 19: 38 New
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          photo, armored cabin, with mine protection MLRS "Valkyrie" ....

          клик
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      3. avdkrd 12 December 2015 22: 53 New
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        Quote: EGOrkka
        Arktidianets
        in a new way.



        .... shoot 100 km from the city ??????? it's just a super new way!

        where do you get data about the firing range 100km ?????????
        It’s possible and possible to throw 122mm NUR at such a range, but without a warhead it doesn’t make sense, since correction systems will make such a projectile not much cheaper than Tornado.
        In general, the “Tornado” G is not a new system, but only modernization, and not very deep, budget, I would say. In fact, all the innovations are in new missiles, electric package drives and a navigation system, probably integrated with reconnaissance, (i.e. there is an automatic system for processing and entering data for firing). The topic is very publicized, but in fact it is not clear why it was necessary to assign a new name. An UAV fired as a missile in the complex did not appear, an old chassis, not armored, with a cabin for 3 people (where else 2 are going?), There is no additional charging device. It is very difficult to express enthusiasm for such a novelty. The automated control system including a navigator and a data receiver is a penny device that can be easily modeled on the basis of any commercial Android + trunk position sensors. New missiles are also applicable from ordinary Grads, so why TORNADO ???
  2. bulat 12 October 2015 09: 03 New
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    Range and no one knows for sure.
    1. Ruslan 12 October 2015 09: 08 New
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      Well, it seems like some kind of last modification of the city shot at 40 km, I think here as well with new shells and old shells at the usual range.
  3. Snegovok 12 October 2015 10: 59 New
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    It also says Maximum range 9M521 TO 40km
  4. gregor6549 12 October 2015 12: 07 New
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    A normal, albeit too long, modernization of a well-known and long-mastered weapon system. But what side does South-East Military District belong to this modernization ?. The work on modernization was done by the team of the enterprise developer and manufacturer of the system, and South-Eastern Military District is just one of the many system operators. So what, in fact, is the essence of the innovations of the Southern Military District in this system?
    1. nazar_0753 12 October 2015 12: 52 New
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      I think that on this day of innovation, they just show new equipment operating in the South-East
  5. 31rus 12 October 2015 13: 25 New
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    It was this model that was developed and tested in the 80s, why is the cabin not armored? I understand that I want to show something new, but I don’t understand where is the “Innovation”, would it be just modernized equipment, but about shells flying at 100-120 km heard when he himself served.
    1. Ruslan 12 October 2015 15: 00 New
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      100 km for hail? or maybe confused with a tornado?
    2. avdkrd 12 December 2015 22: 56 New
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      Quote: 31rus
      It was this model that was developed and tested in the 80s, why is the cabin not armored? I understand that I want to show something new, but I don’t understand where is the “Innovation”, would it be just modernized equipment, but about shells flying at 100-120 km heard when he himself served.

      120 km is the range of either Tornado, which, by the jest of the MO, becomes Tornado S, or the Hurricane which became Tornado U.
  6. san4i 12 October 2015 17: 55 New
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    It was noted that the new equipment had not yet been tested, but should soon enter the troops.
    Maybe we'll see in action in Syria. winked
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  8. perevozthikov 12 October 2015 21: 49 New
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    calculation 5-man ... cabin Ural 2030 ((not armored))) 3 man, where dbdut is 2-a, soldiers of the calculation ????? and whether they will be protected from bullets and shards ???? anyone thought this when developing the MLRS "Tornado-G" ????

    On the front frame are two seats with backs, which are used to transport two people on short marches. For long journeys, the calculation is located in the cockpit of a combat vehicle and in a transport-loading vehicle. And why "Tornado-G" booking? This is not a leading edge machine. And then you will have to reserve the “Poplar” - suddenly something will fly back.
    Question to the author of the article - why is verbiage such:
    "... the first production combat vehicles were handed over to troops no earlier than 2011 of the year."
    "The first new type of combat vehicles were transferred to the armed forces in the middle of the 2012 year."
  9. dima mzk 14 October 2015 07: 22 New
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    “It was this model that was developed and tested in the 80s, why is the cabin not armored? I understand that I want to show something new, but I don’t understand where does the“ Innovation ”mean, would it be just modernized equipment, but about shells flying at 100- I heard 120 km when he himself served
    in the 80s a lot was invented! and not the fact that it looks like the way it ends up looking
  10. rohl 21 October 2015 02: 14 New
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    How I like the exterior of the Urals! Not only power, but also view!