Russian BM-27 Uragan 220mm rockets launchers shell Ukrainian army positions during the night
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According to information and a video published by the Russian Ministry of Defense (Mod) on June 10, 2022, Russian army artillery units shelled Ukrainian army positions using 9P140 Uragan also called BM-27, a 220mm Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) during night combat operations.
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Artillery units of the Russian army bombed Ukrainian army positions using BM-27 220mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Picture source Russian MoD)
“While accomplishing their combat missions, the artillerymen use high-explosive fragmentation projectiles to inflict maximum damage on enemy fortifications, concrete bunkers and armor,” the comment to the video says.
The video shows multiple launch rocket systems attacking enemy positions at night. As the comment says, the Russian artillery troops delivered a strike against the Ukrainian positions immediately after receiving coordinates from drones.
“We are helping infantry units. They ask for assistance and we provide it. We destroy enemy command posts. It so happens that this occurs frequently,” the commander of a Russian rocket launcher said.
According to him, artillery squads operate 24 hours non-stop and frequently change firing positions. “We work practically round-the-clock and have no time for leisure. We frequently have to change firing positions to escape the retaliatory fire,” Russian MoD said.
The BM-27, Russian designation 9P140 Uragan is a self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MLRS) designed in the Soviet Union. It began its service with the Soviet Army in the late 1970s and was its first modern spin and fin stabilized heavy multiple rocket launcher. This MLRS is capable of launching 220mm rockets from 16 launch tubes mounted on the rear of a ZIL-135 8x8 chassis.
The BM-27 fires rockets that are equipped with high-explosive fragmentation, chemical, and scatterable-mine sub-munition warheads. The fin-and spin-stabilized rockets are estimated to have a range of 35 to 40 km, greatly exceeding the ranges of earlier Soviet heavy rocket launchers. The maximum rate of fire for the BM-27 is approximately one round per second. The BM-27 can be reloaded with a second set of 16 rockets in up to 20 minutes. The BM-27 can fire five types of unguided artillery rockets, 9M27F (He High Explosive), 9M27K1 (anti-personnel anti-material bomblets), 9M27K2 (anti-tank mines), 9M27K3 (anti-personnel minelets), and 9M59 (anti-tank mines with directional charge).