160 rockets: the last volley fire

Autor: Oldřich Holeček

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.