ASTROS III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: ?
Origin: Brazil
Corporations: Avibras Aeroespacial
Parent System: ASTROS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: ?
Family Members: ASTROS II
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Description: The ASTROS II (Artillery SaTuration ROcket System) is a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) designed to engage ground targets at ranges between 30 to 300 kilometers. Its modular design allows to fire a variety of rockets and tactical missiles with calibers ranging from 127mm to 300mm. The 70mm Skyfire-70 rocket is available for training purposes. The ASTROS artillery system has been developed on the basis of all-terrain, high-mobility wheeled chassis for enhanced mobility. The basic rocket artillery system introduced in the early 1980s was designed to fire SS-30, SS-40, SS-60 and SS-80 rockets. The extended range SS-150 can engage targets at 150 kilometers while the FOG-MPM offers high accuracy against armored vehicles, helicopters and fortifications. The Astros TM/AV-MT tactical missile can engage targets at ranges of 300 kilometers.

The ASTROS III artillery system utilizes a 8x8 high mobility chassis carrying a heavier payload and greater firepower than ASTROS II. It was developed in the 2000s by Avibras Aeroespacial for the export market along with a new re-supply vehicle. Some reports claimed that an unknown foreign customer funded the entire ASTROS III program. This artillery system can also conduct coastal defense missions in the littoral environment. The SS-150 rocket and the AV-MT Tactical Ballistic Missile were developed alongside ASTROS III MLRS by Avibras to provide engagement capability against targets located at longer ranges.

ASTROS III Specifications

Wheel Drive: 8x8
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems

Grand Total 312
Defensive Weapons
Skyfire-70x168
SS-150x4
SS-30x84
SS-40x40
SS-60x12
SS-80x12
Offensive Weapons
AV-MTx4
FOG-MPMx12
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