Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: RM-70 Modular
Origin: Czech Republic
Parent System: RM-70
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1972
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Description: RM-70 is a heavier variant of BM-21 Grad Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) providing enhanced performance over its parent artillery system. RM-70 replaced the Ural-375D 6x6 track by a TATRA 813 8x8 truck as carrier platform for the 40 rocket tubes launcher. The new carrier vehicle provides enough space for carrying 40 additional 122mm rockets pack for reload. Nevertheless, RM-70 performance remains near the same as Grad even in terms of vehicle's speed and range.
RM-70 was developed in Czechoslovakia achieving initial operational capability (IOC) with its Army in 1972. Originally, it was sold to East Germany. After the Soviet Union collapse and the split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia was sold to several nations in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
In December 2000 Slovak Ministry of Defense and Dhiel BGT Defence started RM-70 Modular German-Slovak modernization project. RM-70 Modular allows this artillery system to launch both 122mm and 227mm rockets used on the M270 MLRS. This way the system turned into fully NATO interoperable. Slovak Republic signed for 26 upgraded artillery systems with the first one delivered on May 20, 2005. RM-70 Modular is being offered as an upgrade for RM-70 owners.
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