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Russia to offer upgraded multiple launch rocket system to Western customers

June 27, 17:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec has obtained the right to demonstrate the Tornado-G multiple launch rocket system on the international market

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MOSCOW, June 27. /TASS/. Russia’s state hi-tech corporation Rostec has obtained the right to demonstrate the Tornado-G multiple launch rocket system on the international market and expects to evoke foreign customers’ interest, the Rostec press office reported on Wednesday.

"Splav Research and Production Association [part of Techmash R&D Group within Rostec] has obtained the necessary permission to demonstrate the Tornado-G MLRS abroad. The system is expected to evoke the interest of potential foreign customers and will be able in a perspective to replace Grad systems operational in more than 60 countries of the world," the Rostec press office said.

The 122mm Tornado-G derived from the Grad multiple launch rocket system has been in operation in the Russian Army since 2012 but it has not been demonstrated on international markets yet.

"We expect the system to get strong demand from foreign customers," Industrial Director of the Rostec Armament cluster Sergei Abramov was quoted by the corporation’s press office as saying.

As Rostec said, Tornado-G shells have warheads twice as heavy as Grad munitions. Tornado systems also have a better fire control system and automated guidance, targeting and navigation systems.

The Tornado-G is designed to destroy and suppress an enemy’s manpower and its armor, artillery and mortar batteries, and also command posts.

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