Thunder 2000 Artillery Multiple Launch Rocket System
The Thunder-2000 multiple artillery rocket system, which made its debut during the 1997 "Han Kuang" [Glory of the Han People] Exercise, is a new-generation multiple artillery rocket system designed to attack invading enemy at sea. Its self-propelled launch vehicle has magazine-fed launchers and fire control, positioning and direction-finding equipment, capable of rapidly determining the position of the launch vehicle and the firing direction. It can automatically train and elevate launch tubes and compute firing data. It has three types of rockets -- MK15, MK30 and MK45 -- with AP/AM dual-function cluster warhead or steel-ball shrapnel high-explosive warhead. This rocket system can wipe out invading enemy troops in area between ship's landings and beachheads within its firing range.
The National Army's "Thunder 2000" multi-launched rocket is an important weapon for the Army to implement the "strong deterrence" strategy. Thunder 2000 is mainly used for anti-landing operations to accurately destroy enemy forces at sea and land forces. Thunderbolt-2000 / RT2000 AMLRS (Ray-Ting 2000 Artillery Multiple Launch Rocket System) is an accurate multiple launch rocket system, developed by NCSIST for the next generation of Kung-Feng multiple launch rocket system. RT2000 AMLRS is designed for the tactics of the anti-amphibious assault, to complement conventional tube artillery and provides lethal firepower for the ROC Army. Due to the long range, covering beaches to berths, it can destroy beachhead enemy forces and naval forces.
The RT2000, based on the 8x8 Cargo Truck launcher, is a modern multiple launch rocket system. The biggest technical feature of "Thunder"-2000 is that it adopts a modular design similar to the American M-270 multiple rocket weapon system, which is convenient for storage and transportation. Its launcher can load and launch different types and specifications of rockets according to different combat needs. The rocket magazine is not only a storage for rockets, but also a directional device for launching rockets.
After 20 years of ups and downs, the "Thunder"-2000 rocket that the Taiwan military relied on finally came into the force in August 2012. Compared with the performance of similar weapons that lag behind on the mainland, the chaos in the research and development process made the media on the island more worried about Taiwan's military industry. Taiwan's military had been looking forward to the anti-landing weapon for 20 years, and finally joined the army. The "Thunder"-2000 rocket launched by the "Sun Yat-Sen Academy of Sciences" was officially delivered to Taiwan's most elite 6th Army. What is intriguing is that when professional media on the island reported on this weapon, the first concern was not its technical and tactical performance, but its twists and turns of birth, and the status of Taiwan's military industry hidden behind all sorts of chaos.
In order to deter the enemy from invading, the Chinese Academy of Sciences developed the Worker Bee-6 multiple rocket rocket in 1975, and it was put into mass production in the early 1980s. However, due to the fact that the worker bee-6 multiple rockets cannot be loaded quickly, the Chinese Academy of Sciences developed a new generation of multiple rockets in the 1990s with reference to the U.S. M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) multiple launch rocket system.
After the US M-270 "Steel Rain" rocket launcher was finalized, Taiwan's Ministry of Defense also began to develop a long-range rocket launcher with a range equivalent to that of the M-270. In 1983, Taiwan’s "Chinese Academy of Sciences" began to develop the "Worker Bee"-7 long-range rocket launcher. With the technical support of the American Water Company (M-270 rocket launcher manufacturer), the early development of the "Worker Bee"-7 rocket launcher was relatively smooth, but Later, due to technical and financial reasons, the gun was forced to dismount. Although the "Worker Bee"-7 rocket launcher was forced to dismount, Taiwan's "Ministry of National Defense" did not stop chasing the long-range rocket launcher.
In 1992, based on changes in the battlefield environment, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense sought artillery suppression weapons with a longer range and instructed the “Chinese Academy of Sciences” to imitate the American M-270 rocket launcher’s idea and develop more powerful weapons of the same type, focusing on those in mainland China. Land on the ship and require the ability to suppress the opponent’s long-range firepower in a gun battle. At the end of 1994, the so-called "Thunderbolt Project" completed the subsystem and overall design and was renamed "Thunder"-2000. The first conceptual prototype gun appeared in the Taiwan Army's "Hankuang-13" exercise in June 1997. After cost analysis, the Taiwan Army decided to abandon the purchase of the original American M-270 and chose the self-made "Thunder"-2000.
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