BM-24

The BM-24 is a multiple rocket launcher designed in the Soviet Union. It is capable of launching 240mm rockets from 12 launch tubes. Versions of the BM-24 have been mounted on the ZIL-151 6x6 Truck chassis and the AT-S tracked artillery tractor, forming the BM-24T from the latter. Production began out of Automotive Factory no. 2 in 1947 Moscow.[3] Israel operated one battalion, consisting of vehicles captured from Egypt in the Six-Day War. The battalion took part in the Yom Kippur War and the 1982 Lebanon War.[4]

BM-24M
BM-24M on a ZIL-157 chassis. Technical Museum of Togliatti.
TypeMultiple rocket launcher
Further information
Place of originUSSR
Production history
Produced1947–58
Specifications
Mass8,680 kg (19,140 lb)
Length6.7 m (22 ft 0 in)
Width2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
Height2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
Crew6[1]

CaliberDiameter: 240 mm (9.4 in)
  • Long rocket: 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in)
  • Weight: 109 kg (240 lb)
  • Short rocket: 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)
  • Weight: 112 kg (247 lb)
Barrels12 in two rows
Elevation+65°/0°
Traverse140°
Muzzle velocity465 m/s (1,530 ft/s)
Maximum firing rangeLong rocket: 10.2 km (6.3 mi)
Short rocket: 6.6 km (4.1 mi)[1]

EngineZIL-157 109HP
6-cylinder petrol
SuspensionWheeled ZIL-157
6x6 chassis
Operational
range
430 km (270 mi)
Speed65 km/h (40 mph)[1]

BM-24T
BM-24T on a AT-S tractor chassis.
TypeMultiple rocket launcher
Further information
Place of originUSSR
Specifications
Mass15,240 kg (33,600 lb)
Length5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
Width2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Height3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)
Crew6[2]

CaliberDiameter: 240 mm (9.4 in)
  • Long rocket: 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in)
  • Weight: 109 kg (240 lb)
  • Short rocket: 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)
  • Weight: 112 kg (247 lb)
Barrels12 in two rows
Elevation+45°/0°
Traverse210°
Muzzle velocity465 m/s (1,530 ft/s)
Maximum firing rangeLong rocket: 10.2 km (6.3 mi)
Short rocket: 6.6 km (4.1 mi)[1]

EngineV-54-T 250HP
12-cylinder diesel
SuspensionTracked
Operational
range
380 km (240 mi)
Speed35 km/h (22 mph)[1]

Variants

  • BM-24 (8U31) - Basic model, mounted on a ZiS-151 chassis.[5]
  • BM-24M (2B3) - Modified model, mounted on a ZIL-157 chassis.[5]
  • BM-24T - Tracked model, mounted on an AT-S chassis.[4]
  • Israeli upgraded variant.[4]

Operators

Current Operators

Former Operators

See also

References

  1. Foss, Christopher (1977). Jane's pocket book of towed artillery. New York: Collier. p. 179. ISBN 0020806000. OCLC 911907988.
  2. Foss, Christopher (1977). Jane's pocket book of towed artillery. New York: Collier. p. 181. ISBN 0020806000. OCLC 911907988.
  3. "BM-24 (Katyusha) 6x6 Wheeled Multiple Launch Rocket System". Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  4. Prenatt 2016, p. 25.
  5. Prenatt 2016, p. 24.
  6. Military Balance 2016, p. 320.
  7. Military Balance 2016, p. 429.
  8. Diplomat, Ankit Panda, The. "South Korea's Joint Chiefs Want to Intercept North Korean Rocket Artillery Volleys". thediplomat.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  9. Military Balance 2016, p. 265.
  10. Military Balance 2016, p. 324.
  11. Military Balance 2016, p. 334.
  12. Prenatt 2016, p. 30.
  • Prenatt, Jamie; Hook, Adam (2016). Katyusha – Russian Multiple Rocket Launchers 1941–Present. New Vanguard 235. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978 1 4728 1086 1.
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies (February 2016). The Military Balance 2016. 116. Routlegde. ISBN 9781857438352.
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