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Armed Gang Simulation in Tajikistan by Russian Troops

Monday 17 July 2017

DUSHANBE (Interfax-AVN) — Teams of the Uragan multiple rocket launcher systems at the Russian base in Tajikistan delivered a strike at a simulated armed gang at a distance of 15 km during a snap check at the Kharbmaidon range on Friday.

BM-27 Uragan MLRS as a monument to A.N. Ganichev near Splav State Research and Production Enterprise, Tula city.
(Credit: Vitaly Kuzmin)

Last May, Russia reinforced its military base in Tajikistan with a battery of Uragan multiple rocket launcher systems. The reinforcement of this base with Uragan was due to the instability in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The Russian military base in Tajikistan houses the largest ground force of the Russian military outside the country. The base was base formed by reorganizing the 201st division. It is located in the city of Dushanbe and in the town of Kulob. In October 2012, Russia and Tajikistan signed an agreement extending the deployment term of the base until 2042.

The BM-27 Uragan is a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system (MRLS), capable of firing 220 mm rockets from 16 launch tubes. A full salvo of 16 rockets can be fired in 20 seconds and can hit targets at a distance of up to 35 km. The system can operate in a rugged mountainous landscape. The Uragan is highly manoeuvrable and can be emplaced in three minutes.

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