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Smerch-M  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2010
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: 9K58 and BM-30
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Motovilihinskie Zavodi and Splav
Parent System: Smerch
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Smerch
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Description: The 9K58 Smerch, also known as BM-30, is a rocket launcher artillery system designed to engage a wide variety of targets at ranges between 20 and 70 km. It can engage rocket launchers, howitzers, mortars, strongholds, troops, armored/unarmored vehicles, SAM sites and other targets on the battlefield. It features all-terrain high mobility and operation in all climatic conditions +50C to -50C.

The 9A52-2 vehicle associated to the Smerch artillery system comprises twelve 300mm rocket tubes mounted on a 8x8 wheeled and diesel-powered chassis (MAZ543M). The 9K58 Smerch artillery system is able to fire a complete salvo of 12 rounds within 38 seconds engaging an area of 672,000 square meters. The rockets launch sequence can be controlled from inside the 9A52-2 vehicle and remotely.

The 9M55 rockets are employed on the Smerch providing a maximum range of 90 km and a minimum range of 20 km. In-flight rotation provides 9M55s increased accuracy and range over unguided rockets. Twelve tubes reloading operation takes about 36 minutes. The Smerch artillery system also comprises a re-supply/transloading vehicle based on the MAZ543A all-terrain vehicle and operated by a crew of 3-man.

The Smerch artillery system entered service with the Soviet Army in 1987 and it was deployed in Chechnya. China, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates are the only known export customers for the Smerch artillery system. The Smerch artillery system is available based on Russian MZKT MAZ-543 chassis or a Czech Republic Tatra chassis both wheeled.

The Smerch-M artillery system is an improved derivative of the combat-proven Smerch Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MLRS). It employs modified 9M55 rockets with a new propellant to extend its maximum range up to 90 kilometers.

Smerch-M Specifications

Artillery Tubes: 12
Crew: 4
Wheel Drive: 10x10
Dimensions
Artillery Tube Caliber: 300 millimeter
Height: 3 meter
Length: 12 meter
Width: 3 meter
Performance
Max Range: 850 kilometer
Weapon Max Range: 90,000 meter
Power
Power: 518 shp (386 kW)
Speed
Cross Country Speed: 9.80 mps (35.3 kph)
Top Speed: 16.7 mps (60 kph)
Time
SetUp Time: 3 minute (0.05 hour)
Weight
Combat Weight: 43,700 kilogram
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)

Smerch-M News

There are 7 news between
14 Sep 2009 and 29 May 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017Russian Artillery Units to Be Upgraded with Tornado-S and Iskander-M by 2020
Tuesday, February 28, 2017Russia Developing Reconnaissance Drone Released by Smerch Artillery System
Friday, September 16, 2016Russian Army to Receive Mass Production Tornado-S Rocket Launchers in 2017
Monday, November 23, 2015Russia to Develop Guided Missiles for Smerch-M and Tornado-S Rocket Artillery Systems
Wednesday, September 9, 2015China and Russia Developing Drone-Carrying 300mm Smerch Rocket
Tuesday, June 18, 2013Azerbaijan Bought T-90S, BMP-3M, MSTA-S, Smerch, Vena and TOS-1A Weapons from Russia
Monday, September 14, 2009Venezuela to Buy 92 T-72 Tanks, Smerch MLRS, S-300, Buk-M2 and Pechora Air Defenses from Russia

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
India26
Based on Tatra chasssis
YearHoldings
201726

Grand Total 625
Defensive Weapons
9M528x12
9M55Fx12
9M55Kx12
9M55K1x12
9M55K4x12
9M55K5x12
9M55Sx12
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