Light Artillery Rocket System

The Light Artillery Rocket System (or LARS) is a series of West-German vehicle mounted multi-barrel rocket launchers designed for rapid concentration of fire on designated targets. The rockets are of 110 mm caliber. The usual mounting was a lightly armoured Magirus or MAN 6x6 truck.[3] 36 rockets were mounted in two clusters of 18. The weapon entered service in 1969 and was phased out by 1998 and replaced by the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System.[4]

Light Artillery Rocket System
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TypeMultiple rocket launcher
Place of originWest Germany
Service history
In service1969–2000
Used byWest Germany
Greece
Portugal[1]
Production history
Produced1969
VariantsLARS II
Specifications
Mass15,000 kg (33,000 lb)
Length7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Width2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Height2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
Crew3

ShellLength: 2.26 m (7 ft 5 in)
Weight: 35 kg (77 lb)
Caliber110 mm (4.3 in)
Elevation0° to 55°
Traverse105°
Rate of fire36 rounds in 18 seconds
Muzzle velocity640 m/s (2,100 ft/s)
Maximum firing range14 km (8.7 mi)
Filling weight17.3 kg (38 lb)

ArmorAluminum
Main
armament
36 barrels
Secondary
armament
One roof mounted Rheinmetall MG 3
Engine8-cylinder multi-fuel
178 HP at 2,300 rpm
SuspensionWheeled 6x6 chassis
Operational
range
500 km (310 mi)
Maximum speed 73.6 km/h (45.7 mph)[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hogg, Ian (2000). Twentieth-century artillery. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. p. 310. ISBN 0760719942. OCLC 44779672.
  2. ^ Foss, Christopher (1977). Jane's pocket book of towed artillery. New York: Collier. p. 149. ISBN 0020806000. OCLC 911907988.
  3. ^ Army recognition LARS 110 SF 1 Système lance roquette multiple sur camion
  4. ^ 110 mm Light Artillery Rocket System (LARS) rockets - Jane's Ammunition Handbook

External linksEdit

http://hsfeatures.com/features04/man6x6idw_1.htm