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BM-30 Smerch 9K58 Multiple rocket launcher system
 
 
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BM-30 9K58 Smerch 300mm multiple rocket launcher system truck 8x8 MAZ-543M Rusia Russian army 640 002
 
Description
The BM-30 Smerch 9A52 is a russian made heavy multiple rocket launcher. The BM-30 is designed and manufactured by the Russian Company Splav State Research and Production Association, Tula, Russia, which also manufactures the Uragan, Grad and Prima rocket launchers. The BM-30 Smerch 9A52 was first seen by the West in 1983, and it entered in the Russian army in 1987. The BM-30 Smerch 9K58 is designed to counter tactical missile systems, army aviation at staging airstrips, as well as rocket, artillery and mortar battalions and batteries, command post, and manpower concentration areas. A Smerch unit is typically composed of six launchers and six transloaders. Now it is used by Russian, Ukraine, Belarus, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates, Indian and Chinese armed forces.
 
Variants
- 9A52-2: Modernization of the basic version of BM-30 Smerch with automated laying and fire control system on the vehicle.
- 9A52-2T : This version uses the Czech truck chassis Tatra-816.

- 9A52-4 Tornado: new modrnized version woth new launcher unit with six tubes of 300mm caliber.
 
Technical Data
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Armament
The BM-30 Smerch 9K58 launcher vehicle is equipped with 12 launcher tubes. The BM-30 Smerch can fired the 9M55K 300 mm rocket. The 300 mm rocket tube arrangement is two separate banks of four with a connecting roof of the remaining four tubes overlying the inner tubes of the banks. The rocket used is of 300 mm calibre, fitted with a `self-contained powered-flight phase control system which provides an increase in fire precision by a factor of two and in accuracy by a factor of three as compared to unguided rockets'. Minimum range is 20,000 m and maximum range 70,000 m.
Design and protection
The cabin truck of BM-30 is not protected. A launch cabin is mounted just behind the driver position. The launch vehicle's cabin accommodates the launch preparation and firing equipment.
Propulsion
The BM-30 Smerch artillery system is available based on Russian MZKT MAZ-543 8x8 chassis or a Czech Republic Tatra chassis both wheeled. The MAZ-543 chassis is fitted with powered steering on the front two axles. BM-30 Smerch reach maximum road speed of 60 km/h. Vehicles manage 30° slopes and 1 m fords. Autonomy on roads is 850 km.
Accessories
The truck of the BM-30 9K58 Smerch is equipped with two circular feet of stabilization, mounted to each side of the chassis. These are positioned one either side between the rear and front two roadwheels. The BM-30 9K58 Smerch is also equipped with a central tyre-pressure regulation system that allows the driver to adjust the tyre pressure to suit the terrain being crossed from within the cab.
 
Specifications
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Armament
12 launch tubes 300 mm calibre
Country users
Algeria, Beelarus, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine,
North Korea.
Crew
3 soldiers
Accessories
NBC protection
Weight rocket
800 kg
Firing Range
20 to 70 km
Truck
MAZ-543M 8x8
Weight truck

43,700 kg

Speed Truck
60 km/h
Range Truck
850 km
Armor
No armor protection
Engine truck
D12A-525 38.9-liter diesel
 
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