UAE procures South Korean multiple launch rocket systems

The Gulf country received at least one shipment of eight Chunmoo systems, an industry source said

Photo: ROK Army

The UAE is confirmed to have acquired South Korean Chunmoo multiple launch rocket systems, as an Emirati news agency released a photograph showing a test of the system, the Defence Blog website said. 

An industry source was quoted as saying that the UAE has received at least one shipment of eight Chunmoo multiple launch rocket systems, which can fire three types of munitions: 130mm non-guided rockets, 227mm non-guided rockets and 239mm guided rockets.

The K239 Chunmoo, also known as K-MLRS, is a modern rocket launcher developed by South Korea’s Hanwha Corporation. The rockets can be fitted with HE-FRAG (High-Explosive Fragmentation), incendiary, smoke, illumination, and cargo warheads with anti-tank or pre-fragmented anti-personnel sub-munitions. The types of rockets can be mixed, such as one 20x130mm and one 6x239mm. The 130mm rockets have a range of 36km while the 230mm-class rockets have a range of about 80km for non-guided ones and 160km for the guided variant. The 239mm type, a guided rocket, has a guidance and control system that enhances its precision, the report said.

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