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Gun Data of the Day – Day 22

Let’s take a look at an American weapon, the M272 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)

Dimensions and weight
Weight 24.56 t
Length 6.97 m
Width 2.97 m
Height 2.62 m
Caliber 227-mm
Number of tubes 12
Rocket weight 307 kg
Warhead weight 120 kg
Firing range 2 – 40 km
Full salvo duration 48 s
Reloading time 5 – 10 minutes
Engine Cummins VTA-903T diesel
Engine power 500 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 485 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m
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  1. C-90

     /  June 30, 2015

    I was a factory trained DS/GS repairer for the missile systems, as opposed to the modified Bradley vehicle transporter. You forgot a coupla things: Each Missile pod weights 5,050lbs of which it has two.

    Wonder of wonders, the vehicle portion has American standard measurements, ie: nuts and bolts. while the LLM (Launcher Loader Module) has metric nuts and bolts. The DS/GS repairer needs 2 complete sets of tools.

    Originally The LLM could be frired from inside the cab and in a dismounted mode with a 50 meter? remote firing cable (unfortunately, the 50meter cable is too shot for the dismounted crew to be out of the rocket exhaust danger zone.)

    The record for ripple fire was approx 30seconds as done by American crew members on the range at Ft Bliss,TX And as the black smoke rose the fire dept came in and put out the turret fire, and then the DS/GS repairers onhand spent 8hrs hand cranking the turret around to stow position, and the track was towed off to the Maufacturerers work space to have the entire turret electronic cable system replaced, And the Blast Door that we saw blown off the LLM replaced.

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