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Personal Stories from our Premium Members
THE ROAD BETWEEN CHIEDE AND NAMACUNDE
Posted on: 30 April 2018
Operation Savannah - The battle of the casualties of the war
Posted on: 3 August 2017
IN SEARCH FOR A HOME
Posted on: 31 May 2017
"Saturday Night Live"
Posted on: 30 May 2017
BUSH WAR VETERANS!
Posted on: 6 February 2017
The Road to Botswana
Posted on: 13 May 2016
Supper in Sá da Bandeira
Posted on: 5 September 2015
The red cross
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Fighting for the heart and soul of Chiede
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Operation Savannah
Posted on: 23 August 2015
 
Latest Comments
Re: Photo Gallery of Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) added
Hi johan ek het probeer regestreer.Kan nie inkom nie was ook daar saam vegroep 3 ons bev was j Jacobs het ook n paar fotos wat ek graag sal wil opsit het ook n foto van ons bev. laat weet wat ek moet doen is nie rekenaar vaardig nie kan my sel net net hel...
Posted on: 30 September 2019
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
41years later. Remember Lorry Lesch my driver, Erasmus Alpa gunner. Scary and prepare us for more later. ...
Posted on: 23 August 2019
Re: Operation Savannah
Will there be another reunion .?...
Posted on: 4 April 2019
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
Was a gunner in that attack . Was in 1SSB and slept in the isle on that night, in the bungalow .Ran out of the bungalow after first red eye was shot<br />Slept in a bunker after that attack.Still have nightmares about that attack.<br />...
Posted on: 2 April 2019
Re: An SADF Conscript Remembers the Early 70s – Part One
hi to all<br />just wandering if any of you served with my dad , Derick Anthony Beard on the Angola border in the 70s .<br />he was in the Kaffrarian rifles unit according to my mom <br />My Dad passed away in 2016 August and would like ...
Posted on: 10 January 2019
 
Top Posts
Hulle is Vergete, Deur Johan Heyns by host
Vanaf Johan Heyns: "Dit is met vreugde dat ek kan bekend maak dat my digbundel Hulle is vergete vandag bekendgestel. Dankie aan Heleen Malherbe vir 'n uitstekende hoë gehalte boek. "Die ...
A Tango With Death: Brigadier Tolletjie Botha & DCC, as told to Giancarlo Coccia by host
Dancing a tango with death' was the daily life of the DCC - the Directorate of Covert Collection - secret agents, working in what JJ 'Tolletjie' Botha called 'hostile countries'. Who were these men? ...
If you lie still, you will not get cold, by The General and The Colonel by host
If you lie still, you will not get cold. The untold story of the South African Citizen Force soldier in the Border War of the 1970s and 1980s by The General and The Colonel. Sometimes called...
Rebels and Robbers. Violence in Post-Colonial Angola, by Assis Malaquias by host
Violent conflict has been the dominant feature in the last four decades of Angola’s history, making it one of Africa’s worst post-colonial tragedies. Once justifiably regarded as a potential sub-r...
Soutie and the Big Crocodile, by Sapper Soutpiel by host
When PW Botha AKA The Big Crocodile enlisted young foreigners in South Africa’s armed forces he was expecting the heroic descendants of Vasco Da Gama, Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Rommel. I...
Bush War: The Use of Surrogates in Southern Africa (1975-1989), by Major Joseph E. Escandon U.S. Army by host
The purpose of this monograph is to examine the use of indigenous surrogates by both the Republic of South Africa and Rhodesia in Southern Africa’s Bush Wars from 1975 to 1989. The Bush Wars are of s...
Warfare and Tracking in Africa, 1952–1990, by Timothy J Stapleton by host
During the decolonization wars in East and Southern Africa, tracking became increasingly valuable as a military tactic. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Stapleton presents a comparative s...
5 South African Infantry Battalion From 1962-1994 © by Derek Austin by host
This book combines history of 5 South African Infantry Battalion from 1962-1994 and author Derek Austin's memoirs of his time spent completing his national service with the regiment. Included in the ...
RE: South African soldiers captured during the War In Angola by host
Sent in by Derek Austin: You can use this info from my book 5 South African Infantry Battalion. Doug Brown-My first patrol, 5 SAI, Eenhana, Feb'78. (Just turned 18 and fresh out of 6 months' Arm...
Combat: South Africa at War Along the Angolan Frontier, by Al J. Venter by host
Al Venter's latest book on South Africa's 23-year Border War along the Angolan frontier offers a host of new perspectives. These include details about units like the South African Air Force 44 Squadr...
RE: Migs in a Fishbone by Christoffel
Hi Garth, Where can I read what you have written? Thanks for your reply.
71 Motorised Brigade, by Lionel Crook by host
Previously Published by the Author in conjunction with the South African Legion in 1994. History of the South African Army, 71 Motorised Brigade. Imprint: Lulu.Com Country of origin: United Ki...
RE: South African Artillery Compendium, by Lionel Crook by host
This book can be ordered from The Gunners Association website at https://www.gunners.org.za/south-african-artillery-compendium-lionel-crook/
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
This controversial movie can be viewed on line on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T5pcpzY6mE or watch it here...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
..Continued... The entire cast and crew were housed on location by a Rhodesian family, the Rosenfels, who put three of their 300,000 acre farms at the disposal of the unit. “Between the Ro...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
..Continued... The film was shot entirely on location in the Marula district, some 60 miles from Bulawayo. Shooting was completed in the scheduled six weeks — an incredible feat for a major roa...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
...Continued... What happened to the column generally, and Major Allan Wilson’s patrol in particular, is now brought to the screen for the first time by RPM Film Studios in their new film SH...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
...Continued... How did this tragedy come about? A clash between the thousands of white settlers who had gone to Matabeleland after the signing of the Rudd Concession, which gave the right to ...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
Film of the month: Shangani Patrol On Monday, 4th December, 1893, between dawn and approximately 11 a.m., thirty-four men died in a clearing in the bush that was the lonely wilderness of Rhode...
Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
The Shangani Patrol was a 34-soldier unit of the British South Africa Company that in 1893 was ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors in Rhodesia, during the First Matabele War...
Bat Out of Hell: A South African Paratrooper In America, by Granger Korff by host
The aftermath… After the dust had settled, the smell of gun powder had dispersed, the crashing sound of mortars and RPG7s had faded away … what ghosts returned with young South African soldiers of ...
BORN TO STORMby Col Herman van Niekerk HCS, SM, MMM by host
THE STORM IN ME EMPOWER Experience the ruthlessness of life and adapt to it by realising that in the quest to survive, empowerment is required. Learn that this lifestyle has serious...
SECURITY OF ALL ARMS by host
ALL members [of the SADF; implied] who have rifles and/or revolvers in their charge are warned to exercise great care at all times in the safe custody of these arms. When R1 Rifles are stored at...
Die Kommunisme In Aksie, deur C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
See "THE COMMUNIST STRATEGY by C. F. de Villiers, F. R. Metrowich and J. A. du Plessis", for a Review on the English version book done by Lt GenL K. R. COSTER, ICD, OBE: Communist Strategy: 'Wake u...
RE: The Communist Strategy, by C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
...Continued... THE HISTORY The history of communism is one of cynical brutality and inhuman ruthlessness. Estimates of the number of people killed in Stalin’s purges between 1935...
The Communist Strategy, by C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
Communist Strategy: 'Wake up, before it is too late!’ THE COMMUNIST STRATEGY by C. F. de Villiers, F. R. Metrowich and J. A. du Plessis, Department of Information, Pretoria, 1975; 136 pp p...
RE: Ses Soldate (DVD), deur Bertrand Retief by host
Ses Soldate - 'n Ster Films Vrystelling...
RE: Geskiedkundige herinneringe, Regiment Vaalrivier 1960-2008 by host
Die Inhoudsopgawe:
Geskiedkundige herinneringe, Regiment Vaalrivier 1960-2008 by host
2014 PRIVAAT UITGEGEE DEUR OUD-LEDE. 142 BLADSYE, BAIE FOTOS. A4 RINGBINDING Bron: www.bidorbuy.co.za
Avontuur in Angola: die verhaal van Suid-Afrika se soldate in Angola, 1975-1976, deur Sophia du Preez by host
A lot of secrets of the early years of the bushwar in Angola & Namibia were revealed in this book for the first time. The author was a military historian in the employ of the SADF. Afrikaans text. Ha...
FIREARMS: Developed and Manufactured in Southern Africa 1949 - 2000, edited by Chas Lotter by host
Two hundred and twenty local firearms are covered in this new reference guide. The full story of these firearms and of the people who designed them has never before been told. This new firearms refer...
The South African Intelligence Services: From Apartheid to Democracy, 1948-2005, by Kevin A. O'Brien by host
This book is the first full history of South African intelligence and provides a detailed examination of the various stages in the evolution of South Africa's intelligence organizations and structure...
A Spook’s Progress: From Making War to Making Peace, by Maritz Spaarwater by host
From the 1960s, Maritz Spaarwater was an intelligence agent for the South African government, first for Military Intelligence and later for National Intelligence. In the late 1980s, he was among the ...
Soviet Strategy in Southern Africa: Gorbachev's Pragmatic Approach, by Peter Vanneman by host
During the 1980s the assertive foreign policy of the Reagan administration arrested the momentum of Soviet strategy in southern Africa. Product details Paperback: 156 pages Publisher: Hoover...
Batalha Histórica De Quifangondo, by Serguei Kolomnin. by host
The war in Angola. A new book by Sergei Kolomnin. / War in Angola. "Russian Trace at Quifangondo". A new book by Serguei Kolomnin. / Guerra em Angola. "Vestígio russo em Quifangondo". O livro mais re...
RE: War in Angola. "Russian Trace at Quifangondo", by Sergei Kolomnin by host
Now available in Portuguese too: Batalha Histórica De Quifangondo, by Serguei Kolomnin. Read more about the Portuguese version of this book
U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1994. Conflict of interests, by Alex Thomson by host
From the Introduction: Africa, during the second half of the twentieth century, was not a priority for U.S. foreign policy. Senior Cold War strategists concentrated their efforts elsewhere. Whereas t...
How Far All The Way. A pocket history of the South African Naval Marines, by Louis Fourie by host
Additional info by Paul J Els: "This is the story of Louis Fourie of his time in the Marines. He was also the OC of Wenela and there are a few good photos in the book. The book can be ordered wit...
UITERS GEHEIM en ander anekdotes - Kobus de Villiers by host
Dit is die sestigs en die wêreld ondergaan groot veranderinge. Die Koue Oorlog, die ruimte wedloop, die Kubaanse misiel krisis, hippies en Woodstock. Motors met stertvinne en Suid-Afrika word ʼn Repub...
Angola The Battle of Kifangondo, 1975, by Miguel Junior by host
The world has witnessed several battles since the dawn of time. Whether ancient or recent, they all contain a wealth of data useful for life in several circumstances. These battles, which had a signi...
Involvement of South African Defense Forces in South East Angola 1966-1974: A Counterinsurgency Study, by Miguel Junior by host
This analysis of the involvement of the South African Defence Force in the counterinsurgency campaign led by the armed forces of Portugal aims to identify the nature of the engagement and to see what...
RE: The attack on 59 Brigade: 14 February 1988 by host
Some feedback from Facebook users made on 14 Feb 2018, on the War in Angola page: From Gerrit Kotze: This morning 31 years ago I saw my first action as part of the Tank Squadron attached to 61 M...
Angolan War of Liberation Colonial. Communist Clash, 1961-1974, by Al J. Venter by host
When a large group of rebels invaded Angola from a recently independent Congo in 1961, it heralded the opening shots in another African war of independence. Between 1961 and 1974, Portugal faced the ...
1 RECCE: Die Nag Behoort Aan Ons, deur Alexander Strachan by host
1-Recce was die skerpste, veelsydigste en dodelikste spesialiseenheid in die ganse Suid-Afrikaanse weermag. Dié manne was superfiks, bomenslik taai en het vir niks gestuit nie. Hulle het telkens hul ...
1 RECCE: The Night Belongs to Us, by Alexander Strachan by host
1-Recce was the sharpest, most versatile and deadliest specialist unit in the entire South African army. These men were super fit, unbelievably tough and stopped at nothing. Time and again they put t...
Angola: the hidden history of Washington's war, by Ernest Harsch & Tony Thomas by host
Angola: The Hidden History of Washington's War Hardcover – June 30, 1976 by Ernest Harsch (Author), Tony Thomas (Author), Malik Miah (Editor) As Angola was winning its long struggle for...
The Origins of the Angolan Civil War: Foreign Intervention and Domestic Political Conflict, 1961-76, by Fernando Andresen Guimaraes by host
An investigation of the origins of the Angolan civil war of 1975-76. By looking at the interaction between internal and external factors, it reveals the domestic roots of the conflict and the impact ...
Slag van Brug 14 (1976), SABC Documentary by host
On 29 April 1976, SABC-TV (the state television service) screened a 'documentary' recreation of the 'Battle of Bridge 14'. Gordon Winter, a defector from the Bureau of State Security, claimed the fil...
History by YuriyPushkarev
Here is a translation of some materials about contacts which J. Savimbi and H. Roberto had with China.
SWAPO Captive, by ANGULA, OIVA by host
A young Namibian goes into exile to join SWAPO’s military wing, PLAN, in the late 1970s. After dedicating his life to the movement, a series of purges within the organisation lead to him being wrongf...
 
User Posts
RE: Operation Drostdy by GrahamDT
The Cuban Ship "Habana" lies on her side in Porto do Namibe (Moçâmedes) Harbour after a visit by members of 4 Special Forces Regiment during Operation DROSDY in May/June 1986. Three Navy Strikecraft, SAS Jan Smuts (P1561), SAS Hendrik Mentz (P1567) and SAS Cobie Coetzee (P1568), Submarine SAS Johann...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Alouette III Helicopter Gunship refueling in the Koakoveld...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Our trusty C-47 Dakota seen here about to land at Okangwati with post, food and other supplies for the Army Brothers stationed there...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Recce Small Team carrying out last minute preparations at Okangwati prior to being airlifted by Puma Helicopter to a designated drop-off point deep inside Southern Angola...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
South African Police Patrol passing a Portuguese Army Patrol near Luiana in South Eastern Angola in 1972...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Omupanda in Southern Angola...
RE: bernard francois lotriets Personal Photo Collection by bflotriet@mweb.co.za
The decorated Recces of Operation Coolidge...
RE: bernard francois lotriets Personal Photo Collection by bflotriet@mweb.co.za
Photo was taken at Mdimbo overlooking the Limpopo river. SA Intelligence Corps members...
RE: bernard francois lotriets Personal Photo Collection by bflotriet@mweb.co.za
Artilleriehuis, Leërgevegskool, Lohathla...
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
My time with 2 Sqdn/BASS/3 ASU working on the Cheetah c and d's....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
This pic during my time with 3 Sqdn as part of the FSG group Atlas. Looks like a Langebaan trip....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
My time with 1 Sqdn AFB HSPT. This pic was taken during an OPS Golden Eagle at Upington. Some Good Pilots sitting with there backs to the camera....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
AFB Hoedspruit Aircraft shelter (skans) using vented LOX (Liquid Oxygen) for affect.
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RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
The best looking Jet Aircraft there was, with the best crew. This pic was at AFB Grootfontein during OPS modular, hooper and packer. Good Aircraft and good days....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
Not sure if this was the phasing out parade for the Shackelton. This was the aircraft that got me to select being posted to the Cape even though I had Durban (my home town) available to me as well. This Aircraft was my 3rd love in my life. My Wife Genny being number 1 and the Mirage F1 AZ being 2nd....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
Albatross servicing at AFB YPLT 2 ASU....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
This aircraft C-47 6877 and various Albatross were my main instructional aircraft as an Appie as well as component work in the Instrument 4th Line work shop....
Comment by Roy Walsh
Now we are the Oumanne left to right Rupert Williams, Roy Walsh, Werner Nel and Rossouw Engels. 1985 Oshakati...
Comment by Roy Walsh
The Oumanne that were going home after our group got there. 1984 Oshakati...
Comment by Roy Walsh
Medical backup at the shooting range in Oshakati in 1985. Rossouw Engels....
Comment by Roy Walsh
Medical backup at the shooting range in Oshakati in 1985. Left Rupert Williams and Rossouw Engels....
Comment by Roy Walsh
At a store in Oshakati in 1985...
Comment by Roy Walsh
Some of the guys at Oshakati Sick Bay back left to right Roy Walsh, Doctor??, Doctor??, Rossouw Engels. Front Rupert Williams, ??, ?? Werner Nel. 1984 to 1985...
Comment by Roy Walsh
Providing assistance at the shooting range in Oshakati 1985...
Comment by Roy Walsh
The bungalow in Oshakati ...
Comment by Roy Walsh
We went to collect 6 Unimogs in Grootfontein for use in Sector 10. Standing up is Johan "Kat" Swanepoel...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Min Dae...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
The crew...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Rinkhals...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Rinkhals...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Store Oshakati...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Sector 10 Oshakati...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Unimog Ambulance...
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Unimog Ambulances......
RE: Roy Walshs Personal Photo Collection by Roy Walsh
Our bungalow...
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
G6 GESKUT...
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
STAATSPRESIDENTSWAG...
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
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RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
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RE: Soutpansberg Commando by Michiel Burger
1973. KADET-ORKES OEFENING. EK TENOOR TAMBOER. ONS HOOR HIERDIE "RUMOER" VAN DIE MINISTER, SEKER BY N ONDERWYSER.

EN NET DAARDIE MIDDAG NA SKOOL MELD EK EN N PAAR PELLE AAN. DAAR BY DIE SOUTPANSBERG KOMMANDO SE HOOFKWARTIER. N OOM GRIFFEL ONSE NAME NEER, N ANDER OOM MAAK ONS BYMEKAAR - ST...
RE: Naval Cadet Corps by Troopie
...Continued...

Change to a Non Profit Company

From 1905 until 2005, the Sea Cadet Corps was a “charity” organisation. It was recognized as a Non Governmental Organisation and in later years was a registered Non Profit Organisation. In 2004 it was re...
RE: Naval Cadet Corps by Troopie
...Continued...

And so the Sea Cadet movement had started in South Africa. The present day Sea Cadet Corps had its origin in 1969 as the Naval Cadet Corps of South Africa and changed its name to Sea Cadets in 1997 when it was found that the general public believed the Corps to be part of ...
RE: Naval Cadet Corps by Troopie
The beginnings

The present Sea Cadet Corps was born in 1969 when the Navy League agreed to take over the six "open" Units (i.e. Units not at a school) which faced closure as a result of changes in Defence Force Cadet policy. The Navy League was already responsible for the...
RPS 85 Years Young by jhb@jitt.co.za
1 April 2019 RPS celebrated its 85th birthday. The last time that the unit and old members would congregate under the name Regiment President Steyn....
RPS Ops Packer 30 Year reunion by jhb@jitt.co.za
March 2018, a few of the RPS members who were involved in some form or another congregated at the unit in Bloemfontein to remember, and get in touch again. ...
RE: Bertie van der Sandts Personal Photo Collection by Bertie van der Sandt
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Equipment, Medals and Operations Posts
RE: Operation Drostdy by GrahamDT
The Cuban Ship "Habana" lies on her side in Porto do Namibe (Moçâmedes) Harbour after a visit by members of 4 Special Forces Regiment during Operation DROSDY in May/June 1986. Three Navy Strikecraft, SAS Jan Smuts (P1561), SAS Hendrik Mentz (P1567) and SAS Cobie Coetzee (P1568), Submarine SAS Johanna van der Merwe (S99), six 4 Reconnaissance Regiment Barracuda Boats and SAS Tafelberg (A243) supported this Operation....
RE: G-5 155 mm Gun-Howitzer by host

Comment from Col Swannie Swanepoel who was involved in this shooting.
"G5 WAT SKIET(video)
Die video is op Schmidtsdrif geneem op Proefbaan noord-wes van Kimberly. Ek was deel van die proewe om die skootstafels vir die G5 kanon optestel met die opmeet van die skoteval. (1980 tot 1983) Afstande van tot 42 km is geskiet, sonder dat jy seker is waar die projektiel gaan ontplof!"
Die kolonel (later Lt Genl- een van my jag-vriende) het altyd gesê: “Lê laag- net jou oë moet uitsteek om te kyk waar die skoot opkom.”
Opwindende tye!! 🤙OPMERKING- G5
Die ammunisie-lading wat die projeltiel by die loop uitjaag, is nie goed vir eiemagte nie.
Ons wil nie vir vyand vuurwerk vertonings gee nie, ons wil hulle laat bloedskenk op groot-skaal.
Ladings is later verander om minder vlamme te maak- meer rook- sonder om effektiwiteit te verloor.


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RE: BM-21 122 mm MRL by host
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RE: BM-21 122 mm MRL by host
Scale Line drawing of the BM-21 122 mm MRL ...
RE: BM-21 122 mm MRL by host
The 122 mm rockets are normally transported packed in individual plywood chests but can be carried ready-loaded in their launch tubes for up to one year. Part of the BM-21 Grad system is a reload vehicle carrying reload rockets in 9F37 racks.

The 122 mm 9M22U rocket is used for training purposes. Few details are available although it is understood that the warhead contains a flash/bang/smoke element only.

Specifications

9M22

Calibre: 122 mm

Weights:
complete - 66 kg
warhead, complete - approx 18.3 kg
warhead, explosive - 6.4 kg
rocket motor - 20.5 kg

Length overall: 2.87 m
Fin span, open: 226 mm
Max burnout velocity: 699 m/s
Max range: 20,750 m

Operating temperature range: -40 to +50°C
Authorised fuzes: PD 9A210, MRV, MRV-U, Junghans PD 111R or equivalents

SOURCE: © Jane's Ammunition Handbook 2002 ...
RE: BM-21 122 mm MRL by host
As a check list of current BM-21 rockets, the following summary outlines the main types:

9M22 HE-FRAG. Range 4,000 to 20,000 m
9M22U HE-FRAG. Range 4,000 to 20,100 m
9M28F HE-FRAG. Range 2,000 to 15,000 m
9M53F HE-FRAG. Range 5,000 to 20,000 m
9M43 Smoke. Range 5,000 to 20,000 m
9M42 Illumination. Range 1,000 to 5,000 m

SOURCE: © Jane's Ammunition Handbook 2002 ...
RE: BM-21 122 mm MRL by host
Description

The base model of the BM-21 Grad (Hail) 9K51 series of 122 mm rockets is the 9M22, a FRAG-HE fin-stabilised rocket with a steel tube body, a high-explosive fragmentation warhead in the pointed nose section and an electrically ignited rocket motor in the tail. Stabilisation during flight is provided by four spring-out stabiliser vanes at the tail, mounted at an angle of 1° to the longitudinal. When fully open the fins have a span of 226 mm.

On the base model 122 mm 9M22 the warhead is the M-21-OF containing 6.4 kg of TAG-F high explosive detonated by a 9A210 or MPB point detonating fuze, which is inertially armed only after travelling some 150 to 400 m from the launch point. Other types of warhead can be installed in place of the FRAG-HE including Chemical (VX or GB nerve agent - see under Equivalent projectiles,
HE-Incendiary and Smoke.

The rocket motor consists of 20.5 kg of RSI-12M double-base solid propellant, although single-base propellants have been used in the past. Total weight of the 9M22 at launch is 66 kg.

Lengths vary. The basic 9M22 and essentially similar 9M22M are 2.87 m long. The 122 mm 9M22U/DB-1B is 3.226 m long and is heavier at 77.5 kg. All have a maximum range of around 20,750 m. With the basic 122 mm 9M22, two diameters of spoiler ring can be fitted over the nose to reduce range. The larger ring is fitted for ranges from 1,400 to 12,000 m and the smaller ring for 12,000 to 15,900 m. 122 mm rockets fired without the nose rings can reach 15,900 to 20,750 m. Maximum burnout velocity is 699 m/s without a nose ring. At maximum range the probable range error is 168 m in range and 80 m in azimuth.

When detonated the M-21-OF warhead creates approximately 3,150 fragments which are scattered over a lethal radius of about 28 m.

The 122 mm 9M28 rocket, also known as the M-14-OF or DKZ-B, can be used with 9P132 single-round launchers, is a derivative of the 122 mm 9M22 but is shorter at 1.905 m and weighs 45.8 kg. Maximum range is 10,800 m and maximum burnout velocity approximately 450 m/s. A variant of this rocket with an extra motor has a maximum range of 17,000 m.

SOURCE: © Jane's Ammunition Handbook 2002...
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Development

Initial development work on the Soviet 122 mm artillery rockets commenced during the late 1940s to supplement and eventually replace the Great Patriotic War era 82 mm and 132 mm 'Katyusha' MRS from the mid-1950s onwards. Splav of Tula was the main design bureau under the leadership of A Ganichev, with the final development being completed during 1963. The number of 122 mm MRS types developed gradually until, by 1964, the standard version had become the 122 mm BM-21 Grad (Hail) series with its 40-tube launcher array. This is carried on ZIL-131 , Ural-375D or Ural-4320 6 x 6 trucks, although there have been many other types of vehicle and launcher combinations. These include the 122 mm BM-21V (Grad-V) 12-launcher system mounted on GAZ-66 4x4 trucks and the 122 mm 9P132/BM-21-P man-portable single-tube launchers for use by special forces. (The latter launch the special shorter 122 mm 9M28/DKZ-B rockets that can also be launched from standard multiple-tube launchers.)

The main producer of the 122 mm BM-21 Grad rocket series is the State Research and Production Association `Splav' at Tula.

SOURCE: © Jane's Ammunition Handbook 2002...
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