Russian Rocket Artillery to Be Rearmed to Tornado-S by 2020 (video)

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Russian rocket artillery will completely switch from the Smerch systems to the advanced Tornado-S systems in three years.

Russian rocket artillery will completely switch from the Smerch systems to the advanced Tornado-S systems in three years.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian rocket artillery brigades will be rearmed from the Smerch systems to modernized Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) by 2020, Russian Missile Troops and Artillery commander Gen. Mikhail Matveyevsky said Monday.

“The rearmament of all missile brigades to modern Iskander-M missile systems and rocket artillery brigades to large-caliber Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems will be completed,” Matveevsky said, describing plans until 2020.

According to Matveyevsky, the planned rearmament from large-caliber MLRS Smerch to upgraded MLRS Tornado-S starts in 2017.

Matveyevsky added that serial deliveries of Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns (SPG) to the Russian army would also begin by 2020.

The long-range 300-mm Tornado-S MLRS, manufactured by the Splav Research and Manufacturing Company, can fire at a range of 120 kilometers (75 miles) and strike an area of over 60 hectares (150 acres).

The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV SPG with a 152.4 mm 2A88 gun was first unveiled at the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015, in Moscow and is expected to supplement and then replace the 2S19 Msta self-propelled howitzers in the Russian Army.

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  1. One can only imagine the horror that will haunt the halls of Congress when this news gets out. In a related (vaguely) story, it turns out that the missile launched successfully by North Korea recently flew 450 miles to hit Japan squarely in the economic zone (AKA the sea). Ouch, does that hurt? Apparently so, RT has a story about Japan’s irritation at being struck so low a blow. “Specific Action” is promised – threatened. And the world turns just a little stranger.

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