Grad Rockets

We talked about Russian artillery yesterday.  The Russians are tactical masters at the use of artillery, with a very strong doctrinal base of knowledge in the use of indirect fire for maneuver warfare. But first and foremost, they’re also in the “shoot ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out” camp. And not surprisingly, so are their client states.

The BM-21 “Grad” 122mm multiple rocket launcher is a rather crude, but spectacularly effective weapon system, capable of spreading mass destruction over a wide area at low cost, rapidly. Under Russian doctrine, a battalion of launchers (say, 18 trucks) would quickly mass and launch on a target, then drive off to reload.  In Syria, a single launcher might attack a target. As you’ll notice, the BM-21 is hardly a precision weapon.  If the US did something like this, our own political left would be screaming about war crimes for weeks. But the fact is, this is the norm for war.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udpyAu33cZU]

7 thoughts on “Grad Rockets”

  1. As my comms trainer said: Next to every RDF truck is a Grad battery. If they find you, it’s like lifting a grid square to 1000 metres, flipping it over and dropping it – with you in the middle.

    1. That kind of puts a crimp into “network centric warfare”.

      Bn/BDE commander wants to update his situational awareness. All units report.

      “Comrade Major, we have detected several intermittent radio sources in the same band in grid 123456”.
      “Very well, Comrade Lieutenant. Inform the Grad battery to delete grid 123456”

  2. Are the rockets impact or proximity fuzed? Wiki entry indicates some are HE frag, so I would imagine some kind of prox fuze for those, but if “cheap” is the idea, I guess detonate on impact would be effective too.

  3. if i remember correctly, Grad means either rain or hail, maybe both, in Russian. It also means city, but the difference is pronunciation and context obviously.

  4. Where I work, we are replicating BM21 or other rocket system “fire strikes” with a 600x600m swath of destruction.

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