New Rocket Artillery System Vampir – Modern, Yet Proven Fire Support System

31.03.2016 16:25

New Rocket Artillery System Vampir – Modern, Yet Proven Fire Support System

New Rocket Artillery System Vampir – Modern, Yet Proven Fire Support System

RM 70 GRAD used to be the backbone of Czechoslovak and Czech rocket artillery units for many years. Even though it is no longer able to hold its own on the modern battlefield, it still is an effective fire support system. EXCALIBUR ARMY, which is a part of CZECHOSLOVAK GROUP, has created a next generation of the system designated RM 70 Vampir. Many military forces retired their rocket artillery systems in past few years. However, recent conflicts show that they are still in demand. EXCALIBUR ARMY offer Vampirs as a modern system with high combat value and a very attractive price tag.

The original RM 70 was installed on Tatra T-813 chassis. The new Vampir, however, utilizes a completely new platform Tatra T-815-7. The new chassis is fitted with armoured cabin with biological and chemical weapons protection capability, which also enables the installation of additional ballistic protection. The vehicle is propelled with an eight-cylinder Tatra T3C engine with 270 kW output, which is assisted by a Tatra 10 TS 210 N gearbox with semi-automatic TATRA NORGREN drive system and additional gearbox Tatra 2.30TRS. Vampir’s range is about 1000 km with a maximum speed of up to 90 kph.

Construction of the first prototype began in February 2015 and successful gunnery trials were held in October 2015. To this day, 2 complete batteries of Vampirs have been produced; including two battery commander vehicles and one battalion commander vehicle. The vehicles are interconnected with a state-of-the-art fire control system and each battery comes equipped with a Forward Observer’s set.



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