BM-25 (MRL)

The BM-25 Korshun (Kite) as its Russian (GRAU designation 2k5) name was a multiple rocket launcher designed in the Soviet Union. It was capable of launching ZR7 250 mm rockets from six launch tubes. The support vehicle is a YAZ-214.

BM-25
TypeMultiple rocket launcher
Place of originUSSR
Service history
Used byUSSR
South Yemen
Production history
DesignerNII-88
Designed1953
Produced1957-1960
Specifications
Mass18,145 kg (40,003 lb)
Length9.8 m (32 ft 2 in)
Width2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Height3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
Crew8-12[1]

ShellLength: 5.8 m (19 ft 0 in)
Weight: 455 kg (1,003 lb)
Caliber250 mm (9.8 in)
Barrels6
Elevation0° - 55°
Traverse
Effective firing range30 km (19 mi)[1]
Maximum firing range55 km (34 mi)[2]

EngineYaMZ-206B 6-cylinder
205 HP diesel
SuspensionKrAZ-214 6x6 truck chassis
Operational
range
530 km (330 mi)
Speed55 km/h (34 mph)[1]

Development

The system was developed in scientific research institute NII-88 in 1953. Its rockets were propelled by a mix of kerosene and nitric acid. It has a range of 55km but was inaccurate.[2]

Use

Due to severe inaccuracy of the rocket, only a small quantity had been produced in USSR from 1957 to 1960. It was exported to South Yemen, which used them against North Yemen.[3]

See also

Notes

  1. Foss, Christopher (1977). Jane's pocket book of towed artillery. New York: Collier. p. 27. ISBN 0020806000. OCLC 911907988.
  2. Prenatt & Hook 2016, p. 27.
  3. Prenatt & Hook 2016, p. 28.
  • 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.
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