Saturday, December 3, 2022

UkrOboronProm unveils modernized “Verba” multiple launch rocket system

The  “Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau”, which is part of the State Concern “UkrOboronProm”, has unveiled an updated version of the BM-21 “Grad” Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) during the visit of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the village of Divychky of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky district of Kyiv region on Friday on the occasion of the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery.

The new multiple launch rocket system, called the Verba, is a new generation of the famous Soviet-made BM-21 Grad. The modernized system launchers are mounted on KrAZ-6322–010 truck chassis instead of the more usual Soviet-made Ural chassis.

Major improvements of new MLRS include the launchers with the 5-seated cabin, mechanized reload system, fire control and aiming are performed automatically from the cabin.


The gross weight of the new Verba multiple launch rocket system reaches almost 20 tons. It is capable of sustained speeds of 85 km/h on level roads and has 1300 km tactical cruising range. Verba possesses greater power, greater acceleration, and an advanced suspension.

Verba MLRS, Photo source
Verba MLRS, Photo source
Transport and reload vehicle of Verba MLRS Photo source
Transport and reload vehicle of Verba MLRS Photo source

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