Georgia produces multiple rocket launcher and infantry fighting vehicle
Author: By Ia Natsvlishvili
Last week the Georgian government announced with great fanfare the production of their new multiple launch rocket (MRL) system According to president Saakashvili the system is capable of firing from unprepared positions and without exposing the crew, with a rapid salvo rate..
“Following the August War in 2008 we realized that we can’t rely on anyone except on ourselves,” Saakashvili said as he described the goal of producing the MRL system as well as its operational capabilities.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the vehicles that house the MRL system have an armored cab to protect its five-man crew. “Its shells will be produced very soon,” Saakashvili said.
The rocket launcher was presented a week after Georgia unveiled another of its own military products- the Lazika, a new infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The vehicle is equipped with a remotely- controlled weapons module and fire control system, and it is armed with a 23-mm cannon and a 7.62-mm machine-gun. Both products, as the government says, will be used in the local military and may also be sent for export.