The changes are endless! Domestic long-range rocket artillery is developing again, and the myth of American-made "Hymas" can rest. In the Russian-Ukrainian war, the American-made M142 "Hymas" high-mobility rocket artillery system has indeed had good combat performance. When the Western media portrayed it as an almost god-like weapon, it was somewhat overly optimistic and exaggerated.
It should be pointed out that after years of painstaking development and continuous improvement, several models of long-range rocket artillery systems created by Chinese military enterprises and scientific research institutes have long been world-class. For example, the SR-5 long-range rocket launcher unveiled at this air show is one of the best proofs.
Compared with the M270 multi-barrel field rocket artillery system with tracked vehicle chassis, the M142 "Hymas" high-mobility rocket artillery system is a derivative model. The biggest difference between the two is that the US military has improved the technical and tactical indicators such as fire response time, strategic/tactical deployability and battlefield mobility of this type of rocket artillery.
Loh. The Missile Fire Control Division of the Horse Company (formerly contractor Walt Corporation) and BAE Systems of the United Kingdom specially replaced the wheeled vehicle chassis, while other aspects changed less. If it still follows the shell box design that was successfully used on the M270 multiple launch rocket launcher, the difference is that the specific number has been reduced from the original two groups to the current one. The self-loading mechanism, automatic targeting device, integrated fire control computer and digital/voice communication capabilities are copied unchanged.
Therefore, in a sense, the M142 can be regarded as a simplified version of the M270. At the same time, on the basis of retaining the diversification of M240 firepower, the M142 benefits from the vigorous development of related technologies such as ammunition manufacturing and guidance systems, so that the M142 can be equipped with a variety of advanced ammunition. For example, the popular CMLRS series of guided rockets has greatly expanded the effective range of the M142 while significantly improving the damage effect on enemy targets.
Launch of the GMLRS rocket from the M270
The above design has been perfectly verified in the recent Russian-Ukrainian war, which really makes the Russian army crazy about it, but if it is really according to the relevant reports of the Western media, the M142 "Hymas" high-mobility rocket artillery system is regarded as the only savior at present, it is really a bit laughable.
Although when domestic long-range rocket artillery is mentioned, there is always a sense of "doubt" and "contempt" in the subconscious. However, it is undeniable that domestic military enterprises and scientific research institutes have long mastered the technical essence of this type of equipment. To sum up, it is mainly based on platform universalization, ammunition precision and weapon systematization. And this understanding has become the consensus of many overseas users and Western intelligence agencies. Whether it is doubted or disdained, it is difficult to change this indisputable fact, that is, China has comprehensively surpassed the United States in the field of long-range rocket artillery.
At the 14th Zhuhai Air Show, NORINCO, a subsidiary of China North Industries Group, brought star equipment with excellent export results, namely the SR-5 long-range rocket artillery system, known as the "Chinese version of Haimas".
SR5 rocket artillery is an excellent product, belonging to the medium and long-range modular rocket artillery system, is the star equipment of NORIN. Since its birth, it has won a number of large export orders and has a good export performance, and has been exported to Venezuela (18), Algeria (70), the United Arab Emirates (24), Bahrain (4), Laos (12), and Serbia. The SR-5 rocket launcher has also been unveiled in numerous exercises and parades by the Laos, UAE and Algerian armies, demonstrating the weapon's capabilities.
The SR5 rocket launcher uses a medium-sized off-road truck chassis, has a maximum road speed of 85 km / h and a maximum cruising range of 600 km. From entering the position to the firing state, it takes only 5 minutes, and the withdrawal from the position takes only 1 minute.
The most notable feature of this rocket launcher is the use of "projectile and arrow co-mounting" and "self-loading" technology. This type of rocket artillery integrates box launch technology, co-frame rocket launch technology and automatic loading technology, thus giving it outstanding characteristics such as dense firepower, high accuracy, high degree of automation, reaction speed and good maneuverability.
The Chinese SR-5 rocket launcher also uses box-type self-loading, but it is more intimate in design than the American Haimas rocket artillery. The SR-5 rocket launcher is equipped with two ammunition boxes to accommodate both troop training and operations.
One is a directional tube made of FRP material, mainly used to load guided rockets, this FRP directional tube is a disposable product, which can be discarded after launch. The other is a box-type ammunition box made of metal material, which can be used to launch old-fashioned uncontrolled rockets, which is characterized by the fact that it can be reloaded many times, reducing the cost of use during training and combat.
The SR-5 can launch a wide variety of advanced guided rockets, and even tactical missiles, such as the former as an example, covering the Shenlong 60G1R 220mm terminal-guided rocket, the Fire Dragon 40BRE7 122mm guided rocket, and the latter is composed of C-705 anti-ship missiles and Shenlong 300 short-range ballistic missiles.
Starting from the diversification of firepower alone, the SR-5 long-range rocket launcher can form a crushing posture against the American-made M142 "Hymas" high-mobility rocket artillery, but NORINCO did not stop there, but went further.
According to Cheng Zihuan, an expert of the Ordnance Industry Group, at present, the SR-5 long-range rocket launcher suitable ammunition includes not only the original guided rockets and missiles, but also the Feilong 60 series patrol missiles. After launching, the Feilong 60 series patrol missile will quickly fly to the predetermined combat area to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance against enemy targets, and at the same time transmit real-time images to rear terminals to guide the SR-5 long-range rocket launcher to carry out precision strikes.
By replacing the mission payload of the Wyvern 60 series patrol missile, that is, changing from a photoelectric sensor to a lethal warhead, it means that the enemy in front of it will encounter a rain of fire and fire, and will also attract the attack of the patrol missile swarm. In addition, Cheng Zihuan also revealed that in order to avoid patrol missiles being intercepted by enemy air defense systems or difficult to work normally in an environment of strong electromagnetic interference. The SR-5 long-range rocket artillery also separately arranges UAVs as a supplementary means, which can provide more accurate target positioning data in a timely manner, so as to effectively ensure that the SR-5 long-range rocket artillery can hit the intended combat targets hard.
At present, China has become one of the world's largest exporters of long-range rocket artillery. China's research and development achievements in the field of rocket artillery are very rich, and the defense enterprises of various countries are very involved, and there will not be too many models for the PLA's own use, so many rocket artillery are specialized in export. For example, the SR-5 rocket artillery system is highly sought-after internationally.
SR-5 rocket artillery with novel technology and combat mode, refresh everyone's inherent understanding of medium and long-range rocket artillery, whether it is ammunition types, aiming equipment, strike accuracy, or loading efficiency, SR5 rocket artillery has formed an advantage over the American-made M270 rocket artillery, so it is more competitive in the international arms market.