Czech Republic has delivered to Ukraine modernized version of RM-70 Vampir MLRS rocket launchers
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According to a video published by the 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on July 11, 2022, the Czech Republic has delivered modernized version of its RM-70 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems designed and manufactured by the company Excalibur Army.
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The new modernized version of the RM-70 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Picture source Excalibur Army)
To date, there was no official information about the delivery of the new generation of Czech-made RM-70 to Ukraine. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Czech Republic has already delivered different types of small weapons and ammunition as well as T-72M1 tanks, DANA 152mm 8x8 self-propelled howitzers, 2S1 122mm tracked self-propelled howitzers, BMP-1 tracked armored IFVs and Mi-24 attack helicopters.
In 2022, the Ukrainian army had already received from the Czech Republic a batch of 20 RM-70 122mm MLRS of the first generation. According to the video, Czech Republic has now delivered an undisclosed number of RM-70 Vampir, which is a modernized version of the RM-70.
The new modernized version of the RM-70, called RM-70 Vampir is based on the new Tatra T-815-7 8x8 military truck chassis fitted with a an armored cabin providing ballistic protection against firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The modernization of the MLRS will also include a new modern weapon control and aiming system, a fire control system with a ballistic computer, new inertial navigation with GPC systems, communication and data communication systems, and the ability to control the weapon system directly from the vehicle cabin or remotely.
The modernized RM-70 Vampir MLRS is able to fire all the standard 122mmm rockets as well as Czech rockets including HE-FRAG (High Explosive Fragmentation), incendiary, smoke, and illumination rockets. It can fire a full salvo of 40 rockets in less than 30 seconds. The highly explosive fragmentation rockets feature collapsible stabilizers and can engage targets within the maximum range of 20.3 km.