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Russia Upgrading Soviet-Era Grad Multiple Launch Rocket Systems - Manufacturer

© Sputnik / Igor Russak / Go to the photo bankA Grad multiple launch rocket system during field firing, Leningrad Region.
A Grad multiple launch rocket system during field firing, Leningrad Region. - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) Grad, which was developed in the Soviet Union, is being upgraded to the level of new-generation Tornado-G systems, the deputy general director of Russian ammunition manufacturer Techmash, Aleksandr Kochkin said.

"Not so long ago, new Tornado-G MLRS was put on duty. Its operations are automated as much as possible. Today, on the basis of the scientific and technical backlog, which was obtained while creating this system, a project is being implemented to modernize the BM-21 Grad to the level of Tornado-G," Kochkin said.

Earlier in May, Kochkin said that the Russian Armed Forces had received the first batch of modernised Tornado-S.

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In late 2018, Russian Land Forces Commander-in-Chief Gen. Oleg Salyukov said that Tornado-S systems with improved range and firing accuracy and an expanded choice of high-performance missiles were planned to be delivered to the troops.

The field 122-millimeter divisional MLRS BM-21 Grad is designed to destroy open and sheltered manpower, unarmored vehicles and armored personnel carriers in the area where artillery and mortar batteries, command posts and other targets are concentrated.

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The Tornado-G is a modernised version of the BM-21 Grad MLRS. The system has an increased fire effectiveness, more powerful ammunition, and automated guidance, aiming, and navigation equipment.

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