The West German LARS-2 Multiple-Launch Rocket System was eventually phased out by the arrival of the American M270 MLRS line of rocket projectors.
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The LARS-2 Mulitple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) vehicle was a further evolution of the original LARS-1 system of 1969. It was adopted in 1980 and utilized the chassis of a MAN 6x6 wheeled truck with an armored cab for the operating crew while retaining the twin 18-shot, positional launcher unit over the rear of the vehicle. The MAN truck offered better reliability and mobility over the original Magirus-Deutz Jupiter line and introduced a new Fire Control System (FCS) with radar ranging for improved response times and accuracy at range. There was also broader support for newer rocket warhead types including HE-FRAG (High-Explosive, FRAGmentation), SUB-MUN (SUBMUNitions), AT (Anti-Tank), and smoke.
As with the LARS-1, the LARS-2 remained stationary when firing. Its launcher was power-driven and held an inherent traversal and elevation range. Support legs were lowered at the rear of the hull to brace the vehicle when launching its rockets. The tubes could be cleared in seconds and the tubes reloaded in a fifteen minute window. A resupply vehicle followed deployed LARS-2 units and supplied several hundred rocket reloads. The MAN truck operated with a V-8 liquid-cooled diesel engine developing between 260 and 320 horsepower output. Road speeds reached 100 kmh with ranges out to 480 km. Overall weight was 17,480 kilograms.
"LARS" in the designation stood for "Light Artillery Rocket System" and translated in the German into "Leichtes Artillerie Raketen System". LARS-2 systems replaced LARS-1 vehicles but were given up themselves in favor of the American tracked M270 MLRS vehicle by 1998.
Manufacturing Wegmann - West Germany
Production 209 Units
- Fire Support / Assault / Breaching
27.17 ft (8.28 m)
8.20 ft (2.5 m)
9.81 ft (2.99 m)
19 tons (17,480 kg; 38,537 lb)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the LARS-2 (Leichtes Artillerie Raketen System) production model)
1 x MAN V-8 liquid-cooled diesel engine developing 260 to 320 horsepower.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the LARS-2 (Leichtes Artillerie Raketen System) production model)
62 mph (100 kph)
298 miles (480 km)
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2 x 110mm 18-shot rocket launchers.
Ammunition: 36 x 110mm rockets with an additional 144 served through an accompanying resupply vehicle. Variable warhead types.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the LARS-2 (Leichtes Artillerie Raketen System) production model)
LARS-2 (Leichtes Artillerie Raketen System) - Base Series Designation; improved form of the original LARS unit of 1969.
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