For decades, rocket launchers have been a mainstay against ground forces. The Soviet Union recognized its value very well during World War II (1939-1945) during its push to Berlin, and today many national armies maintain an inventory of such vehicles in modernized form.
These systems are capable of firing a variety of warheads (including chemicals and submunitions) from positions behind the front linean inexpensive but very useful battlefield measure.
In the late 1970s, Israel Military Industries (IMI) began work on a new missile launcher known as the "LAR-160". The package contains 13 160mm caliber 3.4m rockets in a sturdy casing. This case can then be paired with another (26 missiles in total) and combined with a traversing mechanism to provide tactical flexibility and vehicle maneuverability.
The launcher has a quick set-up function that is ready to fire in a short time and clears the missile tube within 60 seconds. The reload completes in five minutes. The missile has a range of 45 kilometers.
The original missile was the "Mark I", a 100kg weapon that carried a 40kg HE-COFRAM warhead (detonated by impact or proximity fuze). After that came the "Mark II," which introduced a 100-pound warhead for a total weight of 250 pounds.
The warhead can be variable and matched to the original HE-COFRAM or submunitions - the latter of which are released over a target area to create an area saturation effect - useful against enemy infantry concentrations. The Mark IV is another modern missile development of the LAR-160 system.
In addition to being incorporated into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the LAR-160 was eventually purchased by the armed forces of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Chile. Argentina uses the LAR-160 system through its TAM vehicle "VCLC", and Romania has developed a local variant (with the support of Israel) as "LAROM".
The Venezuelan form can be seen using the French AMX-13 tank chassis.
It is known that the LAR-160 system was used in combat operations in the 2008 South Ossetia war between Georgia and Russia (with the Georgian army).
- fire support/attack/damage
16.01 ft (4.88 m)
8.20 ft (2.5 m)
9. 84 feet (3 m)
13 tons (11,800 kg; 26,015 lb)
217 miles (350 km)
26 x 160mm rockets (2 x 13 rocket packs)
36 x 160mm rockets (2 x 18 rocket packs)
26 x 160 mm rocket; reload depends on ammunition carrier.
LAR-160 - Name of the base series; available in 13 and 18 round rocket packs.
TAM VCLC - Argentine platform
LAROM - Local Development in Romania
LAR-160 AMX - Venezuelan version, using the LAR-160 system with the French AMX-13 light tank chassis.