The Russian analogue of HIMARS is capable of launching a swarm of kamikaze attack drones

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Tula NPO Splav is actively working to expand the range of precision-guided ammunition for the domestic Tornado-S MLRS, which is sometimes called the Russian HIMARS. At the same time, the capabilities of our complex are significantly wider than those of our overseas competitor.

VGTRK journalist Alexander Rogatkin visited the production of high-precision 300 mm caliber missiles for the Tornado-S MLRS. Objective monitoring tools rarely record the use of these systems to hit targets. However, the ammunition's flight range of 120 km allows it to strike targets deep behind enemy lines. Let us recall that in early January the Tornado-S system was amazed command and headquarters center on the South Donetsk direction of the front, 100 km from the LBS. The posted video also indicates that these precision-guided munitions recently hit S-300 and Patriot air defense systems.



The main advantage of the Russian MLRS over its American competitor is the almost three times greater mass of the warhead: 200 kg versus 80 kg. Tula gunsmiths have developed several variants of the missile's payload. The missile can not only carry a high-explosive or cluster warhead, but also serve as a delivery vehicle for UAVs.


To hit targets as accurately as possible, the first munition launched is carried by a reconnaissance drone. The missile releases a drone, which then highlights targets for subsequent shots. A variant of loading a projectile with several kamikaze strike drones has also been developed. A full package of twelve missiles is capable of launching a swarm of UAVs, each of which attacks its target automatically or under operator control.

The Russian analogue of HIMARS is capable of launching a swarm of kamikaze attack drones

The use of the latest developments shown in the footage is not yet known with certainty. One can only note the fact of a multiple increase in the production volume of high-precision guided munitions at the facilities of the Tula NPO Splav.
  • Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. +1
    26 February 2024 21: 03
    They have long talked about imps in Smerch missiles, but there was no information about their use. How is the signal transmitted over such a distance?
    1. 0
      26 February 2024 22: 19
      Quote: YES
      For a long time they talked about bes-ahs in Smerch missiles

      UAVs as warheads for the Smerch RS were only in the form of prototypes! There was no serial production of such PCs! I think that the main reason is that the UAV is equipped with a PuVRD! Such an engine is not the best choice for equipping a drone in a PC body! But the tendency to “stick” drones into the bodies of artillery shells and rockets has recently appeared, exists and is even gaining popularity! In Italy, a reconnaissance drone was developed in the body of a 120-mm tank projectile... in the USA, a reconnaissance drone in the body of a 155-mm artillery shell was developed... In Russia, drones can be equipped with 125-mm, 152-mm, 203-mm artillery shells .shells and warheads of 220 mm, 300 mm rockets! Moreover, drones can be either aircraft type or multi-rotor...! It is better not to equip “hulled” reconnaissance UAVs with explosives in order to accommodate more batteries... and attack drones must have a warhead and a battery for 5 minutes of flight! Well, of course, and the guidance system! No matter what they say “contra”, there are similar trends, as well as developments, not to mention a considerable number of serious projects!
    2. DO
      +1
      26 February 2024 23: 27
      Quote: YES UZH
      How is the signal transmitted over such a distance?

      Today there are autonomous versions of Lancets that independently search for a target by its optical or thermal image, select the highest priority target from several detected ones, distribute targets in a swarm, and independently attack the selected target. They may not have an operator control channel.
      1. 0
        10 March 2024 12: 09
        The UAV in Smerch is for reconnaissance and subsequent guidance of missiles or only for illuminating targets. So there is a “motive” for loitering ammunition, but it has its own limitations in use.
        As for UAVs in artillery shells, there are critical overloads, high reliability is needed, which means there is little space. How possible is it to create something sensible, functional and effective in this way, or just a demonstrator?
    3. L_L
      +1
      27 February 2024 18: 42
      It is not broadcast.
      The AI ​​chooses itself.
      On the heels.
    4. -2
      27 February 2024 19: 08
      As I understand it, this was R&D a long time ago, but at best these were prototypes, and it didn’t reach series production. And now... Such things are not done in a couple of months, although they should have been done yesterday.
  2. +1
    26 February 2024 21: 19
    WHEN??? this is the most interesting thing.
  3. +3
    27 February 2024 00: 21
    Bayan, and old and torn))) These mythical UAVs for Smerch were talked about eleven years ago. We should already publish a reference book: “Myths and Tales of the Russian Defense Industry” by year.
  4. 0
    27 February 2024 09: 10
    As always.
    "Capable of launching" but not "effectively launching."
    Victory, in general.
    And a 3D picture.

    But in essence - spending a relatively expensive rocket to launch a cheap UAV..... well, as an exception, you can....
    1. +2
      27 February 2024 17: 13
      A rocket is a pipe with fuel and a nozzle, what is precious about it. But if a cheap UAV destroys an expensive tank, then it was not launched in vain.
      1. +1
        27 February 2024 18: 40
        Is it hard to watch the video?
        This is from Gaza - a pipe with fuel, and in the video - this is an expensive product at the limit of its strength characteristics, with high-quality processing and automation
      2. +1
        27 February 2024 19: 29
        A rocket is a pipe with fuel and a nozzle, what is precious about it. But if a cheap UAV destroys an expensive tank, then it was not launched in vain.

        - you are arguing like an amateur - it is not enough to create a rocket, it is not enough to create a rocket engine, you need to create an alloy from which this engine will be made, in flight such temperatures arise that little can withstand them. That is why the Chinese cannot build good aircraft engines because they do not master some (many) technologies, and this is good news.
  5. +1
    27 February 2024 09: 13
    The main advantage of the Russian MLRS over its American competitor is the almost three times greater mass of the warhead: 200 kg versus 80 kg.

    In modern warfare, accuracy is often more important than mass.
    1. 0
      27 February 2024 19: 11
      Well, there are also parameters such as caliber and range, which affect the mass of the warhead.
  6. -2
    27 February 2024 10: 46
    200 kg versus 80 kg.....this is the only advantage. The rest is just shortcomings. It would be better to increase the range and accuracy of guidance and interaction with drones. A week ago, HIMARS very quickly and accurately covered two companies in a ceremonial formation.
    And our power supplies have a spread of +- 300 m.
  7. +1
    27 February 2024 18: 34
    All these plans to create a child prodigy have one peculiarity: they are created several years after they were needed yesterday.
  8. 0
    27 February 2024 19: 19
    Amazing! Work "Alloy" to the fear of your enemies!
    1. +1
      28 February 2024 01: 11
      Meanwhile, the Khabarovsk plant "Splav" is selling space for traders.
  9. +1
    27 February 2024 19: 58
    And I hate reading such articles with similar titles! Maybe HIMARS has become an analogue of our Smerch? After all, we started this development earlier! So we are that new and merciless...
  10. 0
    28 February 2024 10: 35
    Perhaps it makes sense to apply approximately the same principle
    (the principle of a driven flock or swarm) and for conventional MLRS missiles.
    That is, first (a fraction of a second earlier) a high-precision missile is launched, which, sending special signals, leads the rest of the missiles...
    Thus, their dispersion can be reduced significantly...
  11. 0
    28 February 2024 12: 07
    Yesterday Baranets confirmed that there are not even enough sun lamps, although they are generally ancient. And here the troops are already full of it and you can pervert it. We need to control ours through satellites! But they made a movie instead.
    1. +2
      28 February 2024 13: 04
      The Ministry of Defense and the military budget have nothing to do with the filming of that movie.