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.
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