Russia's Rostec has displayed a unique upgrade to its Tornado-S multiple rocket launch system (MLRS) at the IDEX 2023 - the ability to hit multiple targets with guided rockets fired within the same salvo- a feature that will give it an edge over the U.S.-made HIMARS.
"The control system unit for the Tornado-S MLRS, allows programming an individual flight task for each individual missile. Thanks to this development, a combat vehicle can hit several targets at once with one salvo," Rostec said.
The control system unit for the Tornado-S was created on the basis of a strapdown inertial navigation system and can set for each individual MLRS projectile not only the flight range, but also its trajectory.
The firing range of guided missiles is more than a hundred kilometers. The firing accuracy of the Tornado-S shells is 15–20 times higher than that of the shells of its predecessor, the Smerch MLRS.
The Tornado-S MLRS has been used extensively in the Ukraine war and it is quite likely that the need to hit multiple targets with rockets launched in rapid-fire manner was felt from actual battle experience.
On display at IDEX 2023 in Abu Dhabi are 122-mm unguided rockets for the Tornado-G MLRS. They allow you to destroy targets behind terrain folds (reverse slopes, gorges, etc.) and in the mountains. The effectiveness of destruction by these rockets is several times higher than that of standard unguided rockets of the Grad system.
Another premiere of IDEX-2023 will be the 57-mm round 53-UOR-281U with a fragmentation tracer. It is designed to fire at air targets, as well as unarmored vehicles and manpower. This munition is applicable with a unified combat module placed on land chassis for various purposes and on ships of the Navy.