Turkey: Roketsan sets record with Jobaria rocket artillery system

Turkey’s leading defense contractor has set a record with the world’s largest rocket artillery, the company announced yesterday, Hurriyet Daily News reported. Jobaria, an impressive multiple cradle rocket launcher developed by Roketsan for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has racked up a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest rocket artillery in terms of the number of barrels, the company said in a statement.

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The impressive JDS MCL (Multiple Cradle Launcher) Jobaria (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The system, considered the world’s strongest 122-millimeter artillery rocket system, has four rocket launchers attached to a 10-wheeled semi-trailer behind an Oshkosh truck, each carrying a 122-milimeter rocket. This artillery rocket system can fire 240 rockets at targets with a maximum range of around 37 kilometers. Together, these rockets can destroy an area of four square kilometers.

More in depth, the JDS MCL (Multiple Cradle Launcher) is 122 mm rocket launcher system designed, developed and manufactured by the Company Jobaria Defense Systems of United Arab Emirates (UAE) which is 60% owns by Tawazun and 40% by the Al Jaber Group. It is the largest MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) in the world. The design of the vehicle was started five year ago following a requirement of the UAE armed forces to put one battery of artillery launcher on one vehicle. The Jobaria JDS MCY replaces six launcher vehicles as the Russian-made BM-21. The main advantage is that, with that type of weapon system, you can replace 30 people with a crew of three.

The JDS MCL was presented for the first time to the public at the defence exhibition IDEX 2013, which was held in February 2013 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. JDS MCL is a Multiple Cradle Launcher used for close fire support as well as striking and suppressing hostile targets. The Launcher can serve multiple purposes in modern warfare and is able to attack with high volume fire power. The vehicle is actually in service with the UAE armed forces.