|Type||Multiple rocket launcher|
|Place of origin||South Africa|
|In service||1982 – present|
|Used by||South African National Defence Force|
|Wars||South African Border War
Angolan Civil War
Namibian War of Independence
|Variants||Bateleur (40 launch tubes)|
|Weight||6,400 kg (14,080 lbs)|
|Length||5.35 m (17 ft 7 in)|
|Width||2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)|
|Height||2.32 m (7 ft 7 in)|
|Cartridge||HE-Fragmentation: 2.68 m (8 ft 10 in)|
|Caliber||127 mm (5 in)|
|Effective firing range||36 km (22 mi)|
|Suspension||Mercedes Benz Unimog 4×4 truck|
|400 km (250 mi)|
|Speed||90 km/h (56 mph) (road)|
The Valkiri is a South African self-propelled multiple rocket launcher. It is a 127mm system with a wheeled launcher vehicle, disposable pods, and fire control equipment developed by Denel Land Systems. Contemporary models consist of a single launch module with five eight-cell rocket pods on a Unimog or SAMIL-100 carrier. Its mission is to engage in counter-battery strikes against hostile artillery and air defences as far as 22 km (13 mi) away. A full salvo of 40 127mm ripple fired projectiles with the HE submunition warhead will saturate a 1,500 m2 area with 388,000 anti-personnel bomblets in less than a minute. Other potential warheads include cluster and an anti-tank mine dispenser.
The system is based on the Soviet BM-21 Grad, which was deployed against South African expeditionary forces in Angola during Operation Savannah. Development was completed in 1981. Valkiri's also played a key role in slowing the FAPLA advance in the 1987 Battle of Cuito Cuanavale.
- Valkiri-22 Mk 1 (original version): 24 launch tubes mounted on a Unimog light 4x4 truck.
- Bateleur (current version): 40 launch tubes mounted on an armoured Samil 100 6x6 truck.
- Valkiri-5 a shortened lighter trailer-mounted version for airborne use. It has 12 launch tubes and uses a shortened version of the 127 mm rocket that has a maximum range of 5500 metres.
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