Monday, December 5, 2022

Royal Bahraini Army gets Chinese SR5 multiple launch rocket systems

The Royal Bahraini Army took delivery the first batch of SR5 multiple launch rocket systems.

Bahrain showed off its newly acquired Chinese multiple launch rocket systems during military exercises, confirming for the first time that the country has gotten some significant weaponry from Beijing.

The SR5 is a multiple launch rocket system developed by  China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). It can fire 220-mm and 122-mm rockets. These rockets have different ranges. Rockets are fitted with various warheads, including HE-FRAG, incendiary, smoke and illumination. Also there are cargo warheads with anti-tank or pre-fragmented anti-personnel submunitions. Some rockets have a GPS guidance for precision strikes.


Rocket pods are factory-fitted and sealed. These double as transport containers and launchers. A standard 220-mm pod contains 6 rockets. These rockets have a range of up to 70 km.  It can be fired also by Russian-made BM-21 and Chinese MLRS Type 81, 90B, and SR5. The BRE1 122mm rocket shell is similar to the standard 122mm rocket shell but has a maximum range of 50 km.

According to Army Recognition, this multiple launch rocket systems is now in service in the Chinese army since 2013. The Venezuela has ordered a total of 18 SR5 in 2012 and 6 vehicles were delivered in 2014 to Venezuelan Armed Forces.

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