The Russian 9K52 Luna-M aka FROG-7

Up to 3:30 is this vehicle, after that is the OTR-21 Tochka

The Russian 9K52 Luna-M aka FROG-7  is a short range ballistic missile system, that was not known for its accuracy! Developed in the Former Soviet Union, the system entered service around 1965. It consisted of the 9P113 TEL (Transporter Erector and Launcher) which was a converted ZIL-135LM 8×8 heavy truck AKA BAZ 135.

Mobility performance wasn’t great with the vehicle as its top speed was only 40km/h. It had a very strange engine setup. It had 2, 180hp petrol engine. One engine powered the four wheels on the left side of the vehicle and the other engine powered the four wheels on the right side. It also used a tyre pressurising system.

Designated the 9K52 in Russian, it was called FROG by NATO, which stood for Free-Rocket-Over-Ground. There were a number of FROG vehicles based on tracked tank hulls, which never entered the same levels of production and service as that of the 9K52 AKA FROG-7, which was the last version of this family.

The 9K52 used the Luna-M rocket. It could be fitted with either High Explosive, Chemical or Nuclear warheads. The Luna-M had a circular error of probability between 500 to 700m. This meant that it could be used to attack large targets like airfields or bases, but could not be relied on for strategic strikes against smaller targets. The missile had a range of 15 to 70km.

The missiles erecting launch was hydraulically powered. On the right side of the vehicle between the 3rd and 4th wheels was a reloading crane, which it would lift one replacement missile of the three carried on the 9T29 re-supply vehicle, which was also a modified ZIL-135LM. Hydraulic stabilization arms were also located at the rear and lowered during firing. Protective shields were also mounted in front of the windows and raised to protect the crew when the missile was fired.

The vehicle was manufactured by the Bryansk Automobile Plant outside Moscow, totalling 750 of which 380 were exported. Its no longer in service in Russia but still used by a number of Middle-East countries and less effluent nations.

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