Kooryong 130mm Multiple Rocket Launch System
The first Korean developed 130mm 36-round Multiple Rocket Launch System was developed and deployed in the 1980s. This weapon system called "Kooryong" has been designed, proved and manufactured in Korea for Corps and Divisional level field artillery units. Kooryong is an indirect fire area-saturation weapon system for the neutralization of enemy's critical time-sensitive targets with rapid and massive firepower within a few seconds. Although this system is fitted on the rear of the 5 ton(6x6) truck chassis, it can be fitted to any wheeled or tracked vehicle 5 ton class load capacity.
The launcher uses a hydraulic motor to drive the azimuth, elevation and stabilizing jack systems but can be operated manually as well. Another 5 ton(6x6) truck is used to carry 72 reload rounds and as the loading platform.
There are two kinds of rocket, the basic and the improved model. The basic round is 2.4m long, weighs 54kg and the improved is 2.54m long, 64kg in weight. There are also two kinds of warhead of 21kg, the conventional H.E. type and the prefragmented H.E. type which contains 16,000 small steel balls. The maximum ranges are 22km for the basic rocket and more than 30km for the improved one.
Single-round, partial or full ripple salvo firings can be undertaken using the fire control box either at the driver's seat or off the vehicle and the ripple firing time interval is a half second. The firing table or fire direction calculator is used to provide the ballistic data. To enhance delivery accuracy, surface wind is measured at a 10.25m high mast mounted on the 1.25 ton(4x4) truck and the average/instant wind data is provided for the ballistic calculation.
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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Saturday, September 04, 1999 2:46:44 PM