Infantry Weapons

Belarus showcases MM-60 rocket launcher

21 May 2018

Belarusian company BSVT-VV has completed development of its MM-60 multipurpose rocket launcher and has already attracted interest from a number of Asia Pacific countries, a company representative told Jane's.

The disposable MM-60 rocket launcher is designed to defeat troops under cover, lightly armoured vehicles and structures, and comprises a digital sighting system (DSS) and a containerised multipurpose rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

The MM-60 seen in its new vehicle-mounted, four-barrelled rocket launcher configuration. (Nikolai Novichkov)The MM-60 seen in its new vehicle-mounted, four-barrelled rocket launcher configuration. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The DSS features modern optoelectronics – including a laser rangefinder, a ballistic computer, and an inertial measurement unit – and proprietary targeting software which is designed to increase accuracy. The sight also incorporates an airburst function, enabling the user to engage troops behind cover.

According to BSVT-VV, the MM-60's RPG weighs less than 4 kg, while the DSS weighs about 1 kg. The weapon has a direct fire range of 150 m and a maximum range of 1,000 m.

It can be fired within confined spaces, owing to a relatively small 60 mm calibre and minimal back-blast. However, BSVT-VV claims the rocket has a range that exceeds 90 mm-105 mm calibre rockets.

The RPG is armed with an armour-piercing warhead that is claimed to be capable of penetrating 300 mm of rolled homogenous armour (RHA) as well as 1,000 mm-thick reinforced concrete walls.

The company states that the RPG can defeat a lightly protected vehicle such as an armoured personnel carrier or infantry fighting vehicle with a probability of 0.7, and tanks with a probability of 0.3. It also states that the weapon has a 0.5 probability of defeating armoured troops if it explodes within 5 m of their vicinity.

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