At the Khmeimim airbase, Smerch MLRS


The Russian military continues to strengthen the defense of its main air force base in Syria using multiple launch rocket systems.


A satellite photo taken on March 11 of the Khmeimim air base appeared on the Web, where you can see the Smerch multiple launch rocket systems standing on one of the sites.

Given the terrain and the fact that in the attacks on the Russian air base, the militants use not only unmanned aerial vehicles, but also jet systems, the use of the Smerch MLRS for retaliatory strike is quite logical and justified.


MLRS 9K58 "Smerch" - Soviet and Russian multiple launch rocket system, the caliber of which is 300 mm.

It was developed in the USSR by the specialists of TulgosNIIITochmash under the leadership of the chief designer Denezhkin and was put into service in 1987.

With a firing range of up to 120 kilometers, it was considered the most long-range system in the world until 1990, when China had the WS-1, capable of hitting a target at a distance of 180 kilometers.

In 2016, the replacement of the Smerch MLRS and the Grad MLRS with the Tornado MLRS, which were generally designed similar to their predecessors but equipped with GLONASS navigation and a new computerized fire control system, began.
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  1. Bitter Offline
    Bitter (Gleb) 22 March 2020 15: 45
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    jet systems, the use of MLRS "Smerch" to strike back is quite logical and justified.

    In a guerrilla warfare with barmales, it’s like a cannon on sparrows.
    Soon there will be a “green” ring around the base for 40 km, and then 80 km of scorched earth?
    Maybe we need to somehow organize warning and alert systems? To appoint local bonuses for timely warning of the appearance of barmaleys or something like that.
    1. sgrabik Offline
      sgrabik (Sergei) 22 March 2020 16: 30
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      We need to maximize the work of intelligence and timely early warning of imminent attempts at shelling and terrorist attacks in the areas surrounding our Khmeimim air base. For this, it is necessary to use continuous uninterrupted patrolling of all these zones adjacent to the air base by unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, special tracking stations along the perimeter of the air base location, and when detecting objects that threaten security, make timely decisions on their destruction.
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        Bitter (Gleb) 22 March 2020 17: 31
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        This is exactly what I mean, the local population in this matter is the most important helpers. Only they can immediately recognize someone else's arba in their village and tell where they need to. So, in the remote protection of facilities, work with the population should occupy one of the most important roles, you can’t skimp on money and other nishtyaks here.
        1. sgrabik Offline
          sgrabik (Sergei) 22 March 2020 17: 38
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          I agree with that !!!
    2. maiman61 Offline
      maiman61 (Yuri) 22 March 2020 19: 10
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      How smart are you, probably, did not serve in the army !?
      1. Bitter Offline
        Bitter (Gleb) 23 March 2020 10: 40
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        That's what I noticed, who served in the army, he does not laugh in the circus. wink
        Do you think that those who served in the Russian army are no longer smart or vice versa?
        In Syria, there is a kind of colonial war between the capitalists, for the possibility of dominance in the region. There are no comrades here, so it makes no sense to rely on persuasions, you need to buy "allies" in the villages.
    3. koin.samuil Offline
      koin.samuil (Samuel) 26 March 2020 16: 17
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      I do not quite agree. It is these systems and VKS raids that have mowed down the main bones of terrorists. Given that now there are about 30000 trunks, I think that strikes on the areas will not be superfluous.
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        Bitter (Gleb) 26 March 2020 23: 22
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        It is clear that they mowed, but not there and not so. good

        Given the terrain and the fact that in the attacks on the Russian air base, the militants use not only unmanned aerial vehicles, but also jet systems, the use of the Smerch MLRS for retaliatory strike is quite logical and justified.

        These systems to protect the base from sudden raids by mobile barmalei will not be effective, and before the Barmaley accumulations, they will simply be "underpopulated" from there.
        They will burn the crops in the fields, they will beat the goats, and the barmalei will roll away, without even waiting for the various “devices” launched by them to reach the target.
        1. koin.samuil Offline
          koin.samuil (Samuel) 30 March 2020 21: 30
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          These MLRS systems are not for base protection. And the range of the projectiles will allow, if necessary, to make a maneuver and strike.
          1. Bitter Offline
            Bitter (Gleb) 31 March 2020 01: 05
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            The article is actually black and white:

            Given the terrain and the fact that in the attacks on the Russian air base, the militants use not only unmanned aerial vehicles, but also jet systems, the use of the Smerch MLRS for retaliatory strike is quite logical and justified.

            And you:

            These MLRS systems are not for base protection. ... if necessary, maneuver and strike.

            For barmels on the "carts" chased MLRS maneuvers. Right, funny, the Cossacks would definitely be much more effective.
            A version with a temporary base and further transfer (transfer to the Syrians) for striking at any Idlib caches and positions would be more vital.
            1. koin.samuil Offline
              koin.samuil (Samuel) April 7 2020 19: 08
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              The conversation between the deaf and the blind is not very interesting. In order to talk about MLRS systems, you must at least be an expert and know the basics of artillery tactics. You, as I understand it, are not.
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                Bitter (Gleb) April 10 2020 22: 12
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                The conversation between the deaf and the blind is not very interesting.

                But, perhaps, you are at least an artillery marshal, underground.
                And for this I don’t need to be one, because the pots are not gods either, and any soup is boiled on water.
                At the moment, the article is being discussed, and not the expert knowledge of individual "users" in knowledge of the tactics of using artillery rocket systems.