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    Russia’s new prospective bi-caliber self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system Uragan-1M is entering service in the Armed Forces after successfully passing trials.

    The new version was designed as a modernization of the tried and true Uragan system. The first deputy director of the manufacturer explained the importance of the change:

    “The very core of the modernization is the adoption of removable barrels, which means that the system will be bi-caliber and will be capable of using armaments of a bigger caliber.”

    So the Uragan-1M will be able to fire its original 220mm rockets as well as 300mm rockets designed for Smerch, a heavy multiple launcher.

    In addition, in contrast with its predecessor, the modernized version will be fully automated, and reloading will be made by a simple substitution of the barrels.

    The Uragan is an heir to the legendary Katyusha, a weapon that was crucial for the Soviet Union’s victory in WWII.

    The system is designed for striking troops, armor, artillery units, air defense systems, helicopters on heli-pads, destroying fortifications, communications and other infrastructure.

    • BM-27 Uragan self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system
      BM-27 Uragan self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system
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    • Deployment of Uragan Multiple-Launch Rocket System during an exercise in missile strike and artillery fire control at the Chebarkul firing range of the Central Military District in the Chelyabinsk Region
      Deployment of Uragan Multiple-Launch Rocket System during an exercise in missile strike and artillery fire control at the Chebarkul firing range of the Central Military District in the Chelyabinsk Region
      © Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
    • Uragan rocket system launch during an exercise in missile strike and artillery fire control at the Chebarkul firing range of the Central Military District in the Chelyabinsk Region
      Uragan rocket system launch during an exercise in missile strike and artillery fire control at the Chebarkul firing range of the Central Military District in the Chelyabinsk Region
      © Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
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    BM-27 Uragan self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system

    The launcher has 16 barrels and can fire them all in 20 seconds. Its rockets can hit the target at a maximum range of nearly 36 km and cover an area of 42.6 ha.

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    modernization, weapons, multiple rocket launcher, Katyusha, Smerch, Uragan-1M, Uragan, Russia
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