Type 79

Manufacturer: NORINCO - China North Industries Group Corporation - CNGC  
Product type: Armoured Vehicles  
Name: Self-propelled rocket launcher  

Mounted on the same CA-30A (6 × 6) truck chassis as the NORINCO (China North Industries Corporation) 305 mm fuel air explosive minesweeping rocket system and NORINCO 284 mm Type 74 minelaying rocket system, the NORINCO 305 mm (8-round) Type 79 minelaying rocket system uses the same welded tubular steel launcher assembly frame of the former system instead of the rails of the Type 74.

The elevation and depression of the assembly is +4 to +50, the traverse is 95 left and 45 right. The sighting system is mounted on the left side of the launcher.

The Type 79 minelaying rocket shell carries a payload of 10 Type 69 plastic anti-tank mines. A ring stabiliser is fitted to the tail fins. Maximum range is 2,600 m. Four vehicles can lay a 600 × 350 m minefield. Firing interval between the unguided solid propellant rockets is 1.75 seconds.

Ready for launch each Type 79 minelaying rocket weighs 156 kg to which the rocket motor adds an additional 77 kg to bring the total up to 233 kg.

Muzzle velocity is quoted as 45 m/s with maximum velocity being 185 m/s. It can be used in ambient temperature conditions from -40 to +40C.

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