Russia unleashed the 20-tonne, 16-tube Uragan Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems fire at Tsugol training ground. Video footage showed the Uragan war machine firing 280kg missiles at an impressive rate of two-per-second. In one scenario, Russian and Chinese artillery units simultaneously attacked enemy forward command posts. Russian BM-27 Uragan were employed together with Chinese Type-81 MLRS. It was just one of the weapons on display at the Vostok-2018 drills featuring 300,000 troops, 1,000 aircraft and two naval fleets. It was used during the drills being held in Siberia and the waters off Russia’s eastern coast until September 17. They are taking place at a time of heightened tension between the West and Russia.
The BM-27 Uragan (Hurricane) is a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system designed in the Soviet Army, and was its first modern spin and fin stabilized heavy multiple rocket launcher. The launcher, which spins through 240 degrees, can fire shattering, chemical explosive and mine-scattering (PTM-3 or PFM-1) rockets. Each 220mm missile can scatter 312 anti-personnel mines which can encircle the enemy or prevent their escape. The warheads weigh between 90 and 100 kilograms, depending on type. A full salvo of 16 rockets can be fired in 20 seconds and can engage targets within a range of 35 kilometer
The BM-27 Uragan is capable of launching 220 mm rockets from 16 launch tubes mounted on the rear of a ZIL-135 8×8 chassis. Its 260hp diesel engine can push its massive ZIL-135 chassis to a maximum speed of 40mph. This vehicle is extremely similar to that used in the FROG-7 free flight rocket system. It has two gasoline engines that power its 20 tonnes to a maximum speed of 65 kilometers per hour. One engine drives the four wheels on the left of the truck, while the other engine drives the four wheels on the right. The ZIL-135 has eight wheel drive, but only the front and rear axles are used for steering. It has a maximum cruising range of 500 kilometers.