The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS

The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS is a Multiple Launch Rocket System, developed in the former Soviet Union and still remains in service with the Russian Army and a number of other nations. Designated the 9P140 by GRAU (Main Agency of Missiles and Artillery of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation) it entered service with the Soviet Army in 1975 and still remains in service.

The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS Vehicle Specifications

Chassis – ZIL-135LM

Weight – 15.1ton (empty)

Weight – 20ton (combat)

Top speed – 65km/h

Fuel endurance – 500km

Maximum elevation angle – 55 deg.

Angles of traverse – right 30 deg / left 30 deg

Length – 9.63m

Width – 2.8m

Height – 3.225m

Crew – 4

The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS Launcher Specifications

Range of fire – maximum 35km / minimum 10 km

Number of launching tubes – 16

Calibre of rocket projectiles – 220mm

Weight of rocket – 270 to 280 kg

Salvo time – 20 sec

Time to prepare the LV for action – Not more than 3 min


The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS Rocket Specifications

9M27F 220 mm Rocket Projectile (HE-Fragmentation Warhead)

The 9M27F RP is designed to engage manpower, soft-skinned and lightly-armoured materiel, to destroy command posts, communications centres and military-industrial facilities.

Basic Specifications

Calibre – 220mm

Weight – 280kg

Length – 5.17m

Weight of the warhead – 100kg

Weight of the explosive – 51.9kg

Diameter depth of the crater (ground) – 8 to 3m

Fuse – action direct / delayed action

Range of fire – maximum 35 km / minimum 10 km

9M27K 220 mm Rocket Projectile (Fragmentation Sub munitions Scattering Cluster Warhead)

The 9M27K RP is designed to engage manpower and soft-skinned materiel in concentration areas.

Basic Specifications

Calibre – 220mm

Weight – 270kg

Length – 5.17m

Weight of warhead – 90kg

Range of fire – maximum 35km / minimum 10km

9M27K2 220 mm Rocket Projectile (Anti-Tank Mines Scattering Cluster Warhead)

The 9M27K2 RP is designed for remote laying of anti-tank minefields in front of the hostile materiel formations located on the attack line, as well as in the concentration areas.

Basic Specifications

Calibre – 220mm

Weight – 270kg

Length – 5.17m

Weight of warhead – 90kg

Number of AT mines – 24

Weight of one mine – 1.5kg

Fuse – Mechanical pressure activated

Range of fire – maximum 35km / minimum 10km

9M59 220 mm Rocket Projectile (Anti-Tank Mines Scattering Cluster Warhead)

The 9M59 RP is designed for operational remote laying of anti-tank minefields in front of the hostile materiel formations located on the attack line, as well as in the concentration areas.

Basic Specifications

Calibre – 220mm

Weight – 270kg

Length – 5.17m

Weight of warhead – 90kg

Number of AT mines – 9

Weight of each mine – 5kg

Fuse – Proximity magnetic

Range of fire – Maximum 35km / minimum 10 km


The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS 9T452 Transporter-Loader

The 9T452 Transporter-Loader is designed to carry the “Uragan” MRLS rocket projectiles, as well as to load and unload the 9P140 Launch Vehicle.

Basic Specifications

Chassis – ZIL-135LM

Number of on-vehicle RP’s – 16

Weight – 20ton (combat)

Top speed – 65 km

Crew – 2

Time to load the LV – 20min


The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS

The Russian BM-27 Uragan MLRS Operators

Afghanistan – 18 (captured guns, not functional)

Belarus – 84

Guinea – 3

Iran – Unknown

Kazakhstan – 180

Moldova – 11

Myanmar -35

North Korea – Unknown

Russia – 500-800

Tajikistan – 12

Tanzania – 48

Turkmenistan – 54

Ukraine – 139

Uzbekistan – 49

Yemen – 13


Combat History

Soviet war in Afghanistan

both Russian wars in Chechnya

Russia-Georgia war.

It was also used by the Syrian Army at the first stage of the war against Israel at the beginning of the 1980’s.

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