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Russian Baltic Fleet trains with Grad and Uragan MLRS in Kaliningrad.

| 2022

According to information published by Tass on September 30, 2022, the army corps of the Baltic fleet is holding a live fire tactical exercise in Kaliningrad region. It engaged over 1500 men, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, Grad and Uragan MLRS and other hardware.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 0019P140 combat vehicle of 9K57 Uragan MLRS (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)

The exercise trains offensive and defensive actions, blocking and destruction of subversion groups, seizure of strongholds, detection and overcoming of minefields and other obstacles, security measures, and withdrawal from combat by terrain relief.

The units will fire over 30 thousand cartridges from firearms, over three thousand grenades and over three thousand mines and artillery shells.

The Baltic Fleet is the fleet of the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea. It is headquartered in Kaliningrad and its main base in Baltiysk (Pillau), both in Kaliningrad Oblast, and another base in Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg in the Gulf of Finland.

About the Uragan MLRS

The BM-27 Uragan is a self-propelled 220 mm multiple rocket launcher designed in the Soviet Union. The system began its service with the Soviet Army in the late 1970s, and was its first modern spin and fin stabilized heavy multiple rocket launcher.

The BM-27 Uragan is capable of launching 220 mm rockets from 16 launch tubes mounted on the rear of a ZIL-135 8×8 chassis. This vehicle is extremely similar to that used in the FROG-7 free flight rocket system.

It has two gasoline engines that power its 20 tonnes to a maximum speed of 65 kilometers per hour. One engine drives the four wheels on the left of the truck, while the other engine drives the four wheels on the right. The ZIL-135 has eight wheel drive, but only the front and rear axles are used for steering. It has a maximum cruising range of 500 kilometers.

The cab of the ZIL-135 is NBC protected, allowing the rockets to be fired without exposing the crew to possible contaminants. The six-man crew can emplace or displace the system in three minutes.

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