Pampero MRL

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SLAM Pampero
Type Rocket artilleryMultiple rocket launcher
Place of origin Argentina
Service history
In service since 1980s
Used by Argentine Army
Production history
Designer CITEFA
Manufacturer DGFM
Specifications
Caliber 105 mm
Rate of fire 16 rockets in 7.5 secs
Maximum firing range 10,200 metres (6.3 mi)
Feed system manual

The SLAM (Sistema Lanzacohetes de Artillería Múltiple – or Multiple Rocket Launcher System) "Pampero" is an Argentinian multiple rocket launcher (a type of rocket artillery) from Cold War and modern eras. It is usually mounted on the chassis of an all-terrain Mercedes-Benz Unimog 4x4 vehicle to provide mobility, in a similar way to the soviet Katyushas.

Development[edit]

The SLAM "Pampero" MRL was developed by CITEFA in 1980-1983, and was subsequently manufactured during the early 1980s by the DGFM “Fabrica Militar Fray Luis Beltran” in Rosario, Argentina. It is composed by a 16-tube launcher mounted on an Unimog 416 4x4 truck. The ammunition consists of 105mm "Pampero" artillery rockets, also developed by CITEFA, which can be armed with a variety of warheads. A total of five "Pampero" launchers on UNIMOG 416 chassis were built for the Argentine Army in 1983 (one of them the prototype and the others four for actual use) [1]

Service history[edit]

CP-30, Tecnopolis, 2008

The self-propelled variant is currently[when?] in service with the Argentine Army artillery branch.

It is now[when?] being replaced with the new CP-30 MRL, which is able to use either the 105mm rockets from the Pampero or the new 127mm rockets, also called CP-30.

Variants[edit]

  • Surface-Surface: self-propelled 16-tube MRL, mounted on top of a Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 chassis.
  • Air-Surface: 4 or 6-tube "Yaguareté" pod.

Specifications[edit]

Rocket[edit]

  • Caliber: 105 millimetres (4.1 in)
  • Length: 1,530 millimetres (5.02 ft)
  • Motor: Solid-fuel rocket
  • Weight: 30 kilograms (66 lb)
  • Maximum range: 10,200 metres (6.3 mi)
  • Dispersion: 68% of projectiles within an area of 300 m by 200 m
  • Warhead:
    • Types: Rocket Types: HE, HE-I (HE-Incendiary), Inert (for training).
    • Weight: 10.5 kilograms (23 lb)

(NOTE: some specifications differ slightly from source to source)

Launcher[edit]

  • Entered service: 1980s (Argentine Army)
  • First used in action: ?
  • Chassis: Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416 4x4 truck
  • Crew: ?
  • Weight loaded: 6110 kg
  • Length: ? m (? Ft ?? in)
  • Width: ? m
  • Height (stowed): ? m
  • Height (max elevation): ? m
  • Max road speed: ? km/h
  • Cruise range: ? km
  • Engine: ?
  • Transmission: ?
  • Number of tubes: 16
  • Launch Rate: 16 rockets in 7.5 seconds
  • Reload time: 10 minutes
  • Loader Type: Manual
  • Launcher Drive: Electric
  • Launcher Traverse: 90°
  • Launcher Elevation: 0 to +52°
  • Average unit cost: ?

Users[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ García Loperena, Gastón Javier (2015). El Unimog en el Ejército Argentino. Buenos Aires: 1884 Editorial. p. 232. ISBN 9789509822993. 

Sources[edit]

  • Foss, Christopher F. (July 2004). Jane's Armour & Artillery, 2004-2005 (25th ed.). Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-2616-9. 

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