Russian Baltic Fleet receives new Smerch MLRS
The Russian Ministry of Defence reported on 30 March that the Baltic Fleet had received new Smerch multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).
Multiple variants of Smerch have been used by the Russian military since 1987 and the MLRS has also been delivered to allies of Russia such as Belarus, Syria and Venezuela.
Smerch is a long-Range 300mm MLRS with a range of 20km to 90km. New armaments are being delivered to the Baltic Fleet as part of a wider modernisation and rearmament programme. This modification will increase the maximum range to 120km.
The Baltic Fleet is deployed in the Kaliningrad Region bordering NATO member states Lithuania and Poland.
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