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Russia's Western Military District gets newest Tornado-G multiple rocket launchers

July 22, 2015, 15:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The new 122-mm Tornado-G MRLS will replace the BM-21 Grad system

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MOSCOW, July 22. /TASS/. More than 20 units of the newest Tornado-G multiple rocket launch system (MRLS) have entered service with the Taman motorized infantry division and the Kantemirovskaya tank division of the Western Military District, stationed in the Moscow region, district spokesman Colonel Oleg Kochetkov told reporters on Wednesday.

"The new 122-mm Tornado-G MRLS will replace the BM-21 Grad system. The Tornado-G three times surpasses the Grad MRLS in combat effectiveness by means of higher ammunition yield, and automated self-guidance, aiming, geo location and navigation system," he said.

The new system’s combat deployment is 1.5 times shorter and its hitting range is expanded to 1 hectare, he said.

Artillerists of the Western Military District will conduct the first life fire exercise using the Tornado-G MRLS within the coming month.

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