Russia-backed separatists who control the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have unveiled its newest multiple launch rocket systems called the Cheburashka.
The Cheburashka (is a character in children’s literature) is a 217mm multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) developed by Ukrainian separatists. According to the Russian media, the new Cheburashka MLRS fitted with two launcher units each able to fire 32 rockets.
The main role of the Cheburashka system is to support Russia-backed separatists troops with suppressive fire to counter mortar positions, destroy eliminate enemy nodes of resistance on the immediate battlefield. The rocket launcher pods are mounted on a mobile elevatable launcher platform. The rocket launcher weapon system is mounted at the rear of the KrAZ-260 truck chassis.
The MLRS can launch rockets directly from the cab or remotely from outside of the truck cab with a cable. Separatist’s media noted that standard rocket has a maximum firing range of 9600 m (minimal – 1500 m).
The Cheburashka can run at a maximum road speed of 80 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.