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ASTROS II MLRS - Brazilian artillery

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Published on May 27, 2009

ASTROS II (Artillery SaTuration ROcket System) is a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher produced in Brazil by the Avibrás company. It features modular design and employs rockets with calibers ranging from 127 mm to 300 mm. It was developed on the basis of an all-terrain 6x6 vehicle for enhanced mobility.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Avibrás worked almost exclusively with the manufacturing of rockets and multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS), such as the Astros II, in addition to developing antitank and antiship missiles. At its peak, Avibrás employed 6,000 people; later it would be reduced to 900 people in the early 1990s as the arms industry demand fell. Even so, in the first Gulf War in 1991, the Astros II was successfully used by Saudi Arabia against Iraq.[6] Years later, the Astros II system helped Angola to defeat the UNITA. * SS-30 - fires 127 mm rockets - Loads 32 * SS-40 - fires 180 mm rockets - Loads 16 * SS-60 - fires 300 mm rockets - Loads 4 * SS-80 - fires 300 mm rockets - Loads 4 * SS-30: 9-30 km * SS-40: 15-35 km * SS-60: 20-60 km * SS-80: 22-90 km

Operators: *Angola *Bahrain *Brazil *Iraq *Malaysia *Qatar *Saudi Arabia

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