Ukraine's leading defense enterprise Ukroboronprom presented BM-21 UM Berest, the new multiple rocket launch system. The press service of the Ukrainian defense ministry reported this on Tuesday.
'Berest is supposed to replace Bm-21 Grad currently employed by Ukraine's Armed Forces. The use of modern digital technologies and the new domestically-made chassis let Berest considerably enhance the combat capability of this MRLS,' reads the message.
One of the major features of the new machine is the digital fire control system, capable of the topogeodetic survey with the operator having no need to leave the vehicle. Thanks to this peculiarity, the MRLS is able to retrieve the precise coordinates of enemy forces as submitted by the drones, counter-battery radar location system and other means of surveillance. Berest also boasts an enhanced firepower, with up to 50 self-propelled shells, instead of 40 in Grad MRLS.
Berest is set on a new 4x4 chassis developed by Ukraine's KrAZ factory. The four-door vehicle provides effective location of the crew and the fire control system.
Besides, the new machine costs less than Grad; it offers more firepower and strike precision, integration with the digital systems of management and target locking of the artillery, more mobility in the field. Finally, it takes less time to open fire.