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Chile Presents and Tests LEOPARD Rocket Launcher

General René Echeverría Project Bears Initial Fruit

FAMAE (Fábricas y Maestranzas del Ejército), a company run by the Chilean Army, demonstrated the technology demonstrator of its new saturation rocket system to Army commander Gen Ricardo Martínez Menanteau at Peldehue Camp, near Santiago, on 6 December.

The project, codenamed General René Echeverría in honour of the father of Chilean rocketry, has resulted in a prototype mounting 70mm rockets on a LEOPARD 1V chassis – a vehicle no longer in army service. The modified turret replaces the 105mm main armament with two launchers for TRALCAN 70mm rockets, which have a 10km range.

Attendees at the event were able to observe and verify the design and operation of the demonstrator, which showed three distinct firing modes: single round and volleys of four and 15 rounds.

Santiago Rivas reporting from Buenos Aires

Tests of the new LEOPARD-based rocket launcher. (Photos: FAMAE)

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12/13/2021

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