Thunderbolt-2000

The Thunderbolt-2000 is a wheeled MLRS system used by the Republic of China Army. It was created with the intention of attacking enemy forces when disembarking from sea.

The prototype Thunderbolt-2000's weapon systems is placed on the chassis of a M977 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck. Production model will MAN HX81 8x8 wheeled trucks, first batch ordered with 57 launchers and 54 ammo carriers/reloaders or local production of the same version. Expect to enter service with all 3 main Army Groups in Taiwan from 2010/11. Each Army Group's Artillery Group will receive 1 battalion of RT/LT-2000, which will consist of 3 companies/batteries, with each battery/company will have 6 RT/LT-2000 launchers. The original CSIST LT-2000 prototype battery is in service with Kinmen Command, deployed there since mid-2000.

Thunderbolt-2000
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer National Chung-Shan Institute of Science Tech
Origin Taiwan
Country Name Origin Year
Taiwan 1997
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Taiwan View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
National Chung-Shan Institute of Science Tech 1997 View

It had made its debut in 1997 when it appeared for the first time to the public during a Han Kuang exercise. The platform is going to be MAN HX81 8x8 wheeled trucks, with 57 launchers and 54 ammo carriers/reloaders.

Type Rocket artillery
Place of origin Taiwan (Republic of China)
Production history
Designer Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology
Manufacturer Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology
Produced 1997 - Present
Specifications
Shell High explosive, Anti-personneland Anti-Materiel dual-function cluster warhead or steel-ball shrapnel high-explosive warhead submunitions
Caliber 117 mm (MK15), 180mm (MK30), 227mm (MK45)
Effective firing range 15 km (MK15), 30 km (MK30), 45 km (MK45)


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