The Soviet Union was an early, enthusiastic user of rocket weapons, employing them as early as the 1930s. The S-24/S-24B is a very large, powerful unguided weapon and one of a handful of successors to the earlier World War II-era BETAB-750DS rockets.
The S-24 is 2.33 metres (7 ft 8 in) long, with a launch weight of 235 kg (520 lb). It has a 123 kg (271 lb) blast-fragmentation warhead. Its range is about 2–3 kilometres (1.2–1.9 mi). The S-24 is carried individually on weapon pylons, rather than in pods.
Proximity fuze RV-24 is also available, it let warhead detonate 3 meters above ground, creating 300—400m radius of fragmentation casualty zone. The body is mesh-texture shape-harden by electric treatment and creating 4000 of fragments that could penetrate up to 30 millimeters(some source described 25mm) of armor.
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