Brazilian Army ASTROS ll MRLS Conducts First Live-fire Test of SS-60 Rocket
Brazilian Army ASTROS ll MRLS Conducts First Live-fire Test of SS-60 Rocket

Brazilian Army ASTROS ll MRLS Conducts First Live-fire Test of New Upgraded SS-60 Rocket

Brazilian Army Artillery Command ASTROS II Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MLRS) has conducted firing tests with the new upgraded SS-60 300 mm rockets. The SS-60 rocket can be loaded with four rounds a launcher and has a range between 60 km (40 mi). The upgraded SS-60 rocket is developed by the Brazilian armed forces as part of the ASTROS 2020 (MK6) program. The Astros 2020 will be equipped with a 180 mm GPS-guided rocket called the SS-AV-40G with a range of 40 km (25 mi) and SS-150 newly developed rockets with a claimed maximum range of 150 km. The ASTROS 2020 also will be integrated with the cruise missile AVMT-300 with 300-km range.

Avibras Astros Artillery Saturation Rocket System
Avibras Astros Artillery Saturation Rocket System

The ASTROS 2020 offers several basic improvements including an improved armored cabin, modern digital communications and navigation systems, and a new tracking radar that replaces the AV-UCF’s Contraves Fieldguard system. The new tracking radar used by MK6 AV-UCF was latter revealed to be the Fieldguard 3 Military Measurement System from Rheinmetall Air Defence. The new MK6 system will use Tatra Trucks’ T815-790R39 6×6 and T815-7A0R59 4×4 trucks instead of the original Tectran VBT-2028 (Mercedes-Benz 2028A) 6×6 truck. it will require an estimated investment of $210 million will be invested solely in development. 36 Astros 2020 systems are to be acquired.

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Avibras Astros Rocket Variants
Avibras Astros AV-TM 300 450 mm Cruise missile

ASTROS II (Artillery Saturation Rocket System) is a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher produced in Brazil by the Avibras company. It features modular design and employs rockets with calibers ranging from 127 mm to 450 mm. A full ASTROS system includes 1 wheeled 4×4 Battery-level Command vehicle (AV-PCC), 1 wheeled 6×6 Radar Fire Control vehicle (AV-UCF), 6 wheeled 6×6 Universal Multiple Rocket, Launchers vehicle (AV-LMU), 6 wheeled 6×6 Ammunition Resupply vehicles (AV-RMD), 1 wheeled 6×6 Field repair/workshop vehicle (AV-OFVE) and 1 wheeled 4×4 Mobile Weather Station vehicle(AV-MET).

Avibras Astros Artillery Saturation Rocket System
Avibras Astros Artillery Saturation Rocket System

The command vehicles and weather stations are recent additions, designed to improve overall system performance on newer versions. All vehicles are transportable in a C-130 Hercules. The launcher is capable of firing rockets or missile of different calibers (127mm, 180mm and 300 mm) armed with a range of warheads. Avibras has developed a tactical missile for launch from ASTROS II. The autonomously-guided Astros TM will have a range of 300km and can be fitted with a variety of warheads. Avibras also has developed a fiber optic guided multi-purpose missile (anti-tank, anti-fortification and anti-helicopter missile).

Avibras Astros Launchers Vehicle
Avibras Astros 6×6 Universal Multiple Rocket, Launchers vehicle
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