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160 rockets: the last volley fire

Personnel of the 13th Artillery Brigade say good bye to rocket launchers, the Czech military were equipped with for the last 40 years.

The last volley fire of one hundred and sixty rockets from four launchers made an exceptional spectacle for more than 400 guests not only from around the defence ministry and the military but also from veterans associations and people living in and close to the Military Training Area at Brdy, some 30 kilometres southwest of Prague.

The fires and a small ceremony was held at the end of the closing exercise with RM 70 122 mm calliber rocket launchers of 132nd Combined Artillery Battalion, which made their last noisy performace at the end of this October.

"The launchers served with no problems. At present, when fire accuracy takes priority, this launcher wasn't used much. These combat means will not be replaced with anything else. We will have only 152mm self-propelled howitzers type 77," Colonel Jan Trinacty, commander of 13 AB, says.

All 16 pieces of rocket launchers will be decommissioned at the end of 2010 and two rocket units will be dismantled.


Photo Gallery
  • Deputy Chief of the ACR General Staff General Becvar (centre) views the fires, together with Colonel Trinacty (right) Deputy Chief of the ACR General Staff General Becvar (centre) views the fires, together with Colonel Trinacty (right) Deputy Chief of the ACR General…
  • Rocket launcher takes its fire post Rocket launcher takes its fire post Rocket launcher takes its fire post…
  • Machine-gunner of the launcher Machine-gunner of the launcher Machine-gunner of the launcher
  • Ready to fire Ready to fire Ready to fire
  • Rocket leaves the muzzle Rocket leaves the muzzle Rocket leaves the muzzle
  • The last fire at Brdy The last fire at Brdy The last fire at Brdy
  • The last fire at Brdy The last fire at Brdy The last fire at Brdy
  • Rockets fly to the target area Rockets fly to the target area Rockets fly to the target area
  • Discharge of another rocket Discharge of another rocket Discharge of another rocket
  • Rocket flies to target Rocket flies to target Rocket flies to target
  • Flashing lights of fires Flashing lights of fires Flashing lights of fires


Rocket Launchers Fire at the Military Training Area at Brdy, Czech Republic
Autor: Katerina Lang