Analysis: Discover new Ukrainian Bureviy 220mm rocket launcher used to fight Russian troops

According to information published on Internet Social Networks, on June 8, 2022, the Ukrainian army deployed its new locally-made Bureviy 220mm MLRS (Multiple Rocket Launcher System) to conduct combat operations against Russian troops. In this article, the Army Recognition editorial team explains the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian-made Bureviy 220mm MLRS.

New Ukrainian-made Bureviy 220mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Picture source Screen Shot Video Twitter account)

The Ukrainian army now uses the latest technologies of weapons and combat vehicles developed by its local industry, Army Recognition has already reported the use of artillery systems and main battle tanks manufactured in Ukraine used by Ukrainian soldiers during combat operations against Russian armed forces.

Indeed, after the Ukrainian-made T-84 Oplot main battle tank and the 2S22 Bohdana 6×6 155mm truck-mounted self-propelled howitzers, the Ukrainian army has now involved its Bureviy 220mm MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System).

Before the war, Ukraine had a very strong defense industry that provided armies with military equipment in land, air, and naval sectors. Having a broad range of cooperation and trade relations during more than 25 years of activity, Ukrainian armament firms have exported and imported military and security equipment, armament, and services to more than 30 countries around the world.

The Bureviy 220mm MLRS is one of the latest combat systems developed by the Ukrainian defense industry. In November 2020, it was reported that the Ukrainian company The Shepetivka Repair Plant, in accordance with a joint decision with the Ministry of Defense, tested the latest version of the Bureviya MLRS.

According to our analysis of the video published on the Internet Social Networks, the Bureviy 220mm MLRS seems to be based on the latest generation of T815 8×8 military truck chassis designed and manufactured by a Czech company. The front of the vehicle is fitted with a new armored cabin providing a high level of protection against shrapnel and mine threats.

Citing information from the Ukrainian manufacturer, the Bureviy 220mm MLRS is fitted with a launcher pod that is similar to the Soviet-made BM-27 Uragan MLRS consisting of an upper layer of four tubes and two lower layers of six tubes so giving a total of 16 launch tubes. The launcher weapon station is mounted on a turntable at the rear of the truck chassis with powered elevation from 0 to +55º and a powered traverse of 30º left and right.

The Bureviy 220mm MLRS is fitted with a digital fire control system, including an information exchange system on the battlefield. The rocket launcher vehicle has a firing range from 35 to 65 km, which is superior to the range of the Russian BM-27 which has a maximum firing range of 40 km. it can fire all the standard soviet-era 220mm unguided rockets.

The Bureviy 220mm MLRS is based on the latest generation Tatra truck T 815–7T3RC1 8×8.1R. The 8×8 all-wheel drive chassis is built on an independent suspension and backbone tube frame, unique characteristics of the TATRA-concept chassis proven for more than 90 years. The truck is motorized with an air-cooled, V-type, 4-stroke Diesel engine, with intercooled turbocharger, direct injection, and coupled to a manual 14-speed transmission with a semi-automatic split, having 14 forward and 2 reverse gears. The truck can run at a maximum road speed of 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km.


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