Infantry Weapons

Belarus to develop new MLRS rocket

24 July 2019

Belarus' Precision Electromechanical Plant (ZTEM), together with BelVneshPromServis (BVPS), is scheduled to complete a research and development (R&D) programme later this year relating to the manufacture of an upgraded 9M524MB short-range effector to equip the Belarussian Armed Forces' (BAF) Soviet-era BM-21 'Grad' and BM-21A 'BelGrad' 122 mm multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), the country's Military-Industrial Complex, GosVoenProm announced in July.

According to GosVoenProm, the upgraded 9M524MB effector will feature a more powerful high-explosive (HE) fragmentation (frag warhead), will have a maximum range of up to 15 km, and will be able to effectively engage adversary lightly armoured platforms, artillery and mortar batteries, command posts and deployed personnel.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at

(131 of 348 words)