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Russian Tornado-S Rocket Systems Deliver Blow That Rivals Nuclear Blast

© Wikipedia / Vitaly V. KuzminThe Tornado-G multiple launch rocket system
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Russia's state-of-the-art multiple launch rocket system Tornado-S rivals nuclear weaponry in terms of its killing power, according to the Russian news network Zvezda.

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A full salvo of the sophisticated Tornado-S multiple launch rocket system can almost be compared to a nuclear bombardment as far as killing power is concerned, the Russian news network Zvezda reported.

The Tornado-S's explosion yield remains a military secret, but even what we already know about this rocket system is enough to tout the Tornado-S as the pinnacle of the Russian army's rocket artillery, according to Zvezda.

The 300-mm Tornado-S multiple launch rocket system can fire at a range of 120 kilometers (75 miles) and hit an area of 67.6 hectares (2.6 square miles), which Zvezda recalled is tantamount to at least 100 football fields.

© Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov / Go to the photo bankTroops load a Tornado multiple launch rocket system during the artillery drill of the 5th Army at Sergeyevsky base, Russia's Primorye Territory
Troops load a Tornado multiple launch rocket system during the artillery drill of the 5th Army at Sergeyevsky base, Russia's  Primorye Territory - Sputnik International
Troops load a Tornado multiple launch rocket system during the artillery drill of the 5th Army at Sergeyevsky base, Russia's Primorye Territory

Mounted on the chassis of a KamAZ-63501 8x8 military truck, the Tornado-S system is capable of firing single rockets as well as full salvos of 12 guided rockets.

© RIA Novosti . Dmitry Korobeinikov / Go to the photo bankThe Smerch multiple launch rocket system
The Smerch multiple launch rocket system - Sputnik International
The Smerch multiple launch rocket system

Earlier, it was reported that the Tornado-S systems are expected to greatly enhance the combat capabilities of the Smerch systems by using new-generation missiles.The Tornado-S will have a longer range and increased effectiveness thanks to greater accuracy and the use of the new warhead payloads. It is capable of launching rockets within just three minutes.

© Sputnik / Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankA lightweight version of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system
A lightweight version of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system  - Sputnik International
A lightweight version of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system

The Tornado-S and Tornado-G systems are expected to replace Smerch and Grad launchers, respectively, by 2020, as part of Russia's large-scale ongoing rearmament program.

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