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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Cambodia to test fire multiple BM-21 rockets

The BM-21 missile launchers which can fire up to 40 missiles at any one time.

By Khmerization
Source: RFI

After completing a two month military drill, Cambodia's artillery unit will stage a fresh military exercise to test fire BM-21 multiple rocket launchers which can fire up 40 rockets at any one time, reports Radio France Internationale.

Gen. Chhum Socheat, spokesman for the Cambodian Defence Ministry, said the test fire of BM-21 rocket launchers will take place near Kampong Chhnang Airport on 4th March and will last one hour under the auspices of Defence Minister Tea Banh. The test fire will involve launching 200 rockets firing from 10 BM-21 rocket launchers. According to the report, each rocket/missile cost from $1200-$3800 and has a range of 40 kilometres.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on 24th February that this is just a routine military exercise and it is not done for the purpose of flexing Cambodian military muscles against any nation.

Gen. Chhum Socheat said this is the first time since 1998 that Cambodia has test fired BM-21 rockets. He said the Cambodian military has fired these BM-21 missiles against the Khmer Rouge during the last days of the civil war in the 1990s.


Anonymous said...

How many BM-21 122 mm Truck-mounted Multiple Rocket Launcher has in cambodia?

Anonymous said...

Just 10 units like they said. ;-)

Anonymous said...

look at this wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Cambodian_Army

Cambodia has BM-21 about 100 units.

Is it true ?

Anonymous said...

Cambodia probably have about 100 or so BM-21s or its variants such as the Chinese copy, the type 81, in its current inventory.