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RT-2000 (Thunderbolt-2000) Taiwanese 8x8 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL)

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notes"The Thunderbolt-2000 is a wheeled MLRS system used by the Republic of China (Taiwan) Army. It was created with the intention of attacking enemy forces when disembarking from sea. The prototype of the Thunderbolt-2000 weapon system was originally placed on the chassis of a M977 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck. The production model utilizes MAN HX81 8x8 wheeled trucks instead, with the first order batch including 57 launchers and 54 ammunition carriers/re-loaders or local production of the same version. The LT-2000 was scheduled to enter service with all 3 main army groups in Taiwan from 2010, with each army group's artillery corps receiving 1 battalion of RT/LT-2000, featuring 3 companies/batteries with 6 RT/LT-2000 launchers each. The original CSIST LT-2000 prototype battery is in service with Kinmen Command, deployed there since mid-2000. Munitions: The LT/RT-2000 uses three types of munitions: Mk15 (60 rounds, 3 pods of 20 round each, 15 km range), Mk30 (27 rounds, 3 pods of 9 rounds each, 30 km range) and Mk45 (12 rounds, 2 pods of 6 rounds each, 45 km range). While the Mk15 is the 117 mm rockets used by the Kung Feng VI that carries 6,400 6.4mm size steel balls, the Mk30 rocket is a bit larger than the Mk15 at 180mm caliber and can carry either 267 rounds of M77 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions (DPICM) bomblets or 18,300 8mm size steel balls with range of 30 km. And Mk45 larger than the Mk30 at 227mm caliber as it can carry either 518 rounds of M77 bomblets or 25,000 8mm steel balls with range of 45 km. Other types of munitions also being developed by CSIST/ROC (Taiwan) Army, including FAE bomblets."
dateOfIntroduction2000
countryOfOrigin"Taiwan"
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name"System"
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name"Alternative Designation"
value"RT-2000; Thunderbolt-2000"
name"Type"
value"Taiwanese 8x8 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL)"
name"Manufacturer"
value"Oshkosh Corporation"
name"Configuration"
value"8x8"
name"Chassis"
value"M977 HEMTT Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)"
name"Crew"
value"2"
units"ea"
name"Payload Capacity"
value"9,979 kg"
name"Dimensions"
properties
name"Length"
value"10.17 m"
name"Width"
value"2.44 m"
name"Height"
value"2.57 m"
name"Distance Between Equalizer Pivots"
value"5.33 m"
name"Distance Between Axles, 1st to 2nd"
value"1.52 m"
name"Distance Between Axles, 2nd to 3rd"
value"3.81 m"
name"Distance Between Axles, 3rd to 4th"
value"1.52 m"
name"Weight"
value"17,191 kg"
name"Automotive"
properties
name"Engine Name"
value"1 x Detroit Diesel 8V-92TA"
name"Engine Type"
value"736-cu in(12.06-liter) liquid-cooled, 2-stroke, V-8 diesel"
name"Engine Power"
value"445 hp at 2,100 rpm"
name"Power-to-Weight Ratio"
value"16.18 hp/metric ton"
name"Transmission"
value"Allison HT740D automatic transmission with torque converter 4 forward/1 reverse gears"
name"Suspension"
value"8 x 8 (8 wheels driving, 4-wheel steering); Hendrickson leaf spring w/steel saddle, equalizing beams, and 10-in (254-mm) vertical travel on front and rear; RT340 model rear springs on all but M985 (RT380) and M984A1 (RT500)"
name"Maximum Speed"
value"88 km/h"
name"Range"
value"483 km; w/full load at 54 km/h"
name"Fuel Capacity"
value"589 liters"
name"Tire Size"
value"16.00R20"
name"Gradient"
value"60 percent"
name"Side Slope"
value"30 percent"
name"Fording Depth"
value"1.23 m"
name"Payload Capacity"
value"9,979 kg"
name"Main Weapon System"
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name"Mk 15 (Option 1)"
properties
name"Name"
value"Mk 15"
name"Type"
value"Multiple Rocket Launcher"
name"Caliber"
value"117"
units"mm"
name"Basic Load"
value"60 Rounds"
name"Effective Fire"
value"15 km"
name"Mk 30 (Option 2)"
properties
name"Name"
value"Mk 30"
name"Type"
value"Multiple Rocket Launcher"
name"Caliber"
value"180"
units"mm"
name"Warhead Types"
value"HE; AP/AM cluster warhead"
name"Basic Load"
value"30 Rounds"
name"Effective Fire"
value"30 km"
name"Mk 45 (Option 3)"
properties
name"Name"
value"Mk 45"
name"Type"
value"Multiple Rocket Launcher"
name"Caliber"
value"227"
units"mm"
name"Basic Load"
value"12 Rounds"
name"Effective Fire"
value"45 km"
properties
name"Note"
value"RT-2000 (Thunderbolt-2000) Taiwanese 8x8 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL) can mount a Mk 15 MRL, Mk 30 MRL, or a Mk 45 MRL."
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name"Armor"
value"A-kit/B-kit; U.S. Army Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) compliant"
name"Applique Armor"
value"Available"
name"Active Protection System"
value"INA"
name"NBC Protection"
value"Yes"
name"Smoke Equipment"
value"No"
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