The Centre for Research and Development (CRD) is now gearing itself to manufacture a 20-barrel multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) in the wake of its experts successfully manufacturing a ten-barreled MBRL, CRD Director General Brigadier Dr. Thiran de Silva said.
The multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL), manufactured by the CRD of the Ministry of Defence, was unveiled for the first time at the 71st Independence Day Parade on Monday.
Brigadier de Silva said the 10-barrel rocket launcher has a maximum firing range of about 20 km.
He said the shells used in the MBRL was also been manufactured by the CRD.
“A CRD team comprising experts from the Sri Lanka Army, the local universities and Dr. Chandana Perera were able to manufacture the MBRL at a cost of Rs.7 million. The MBRL was manufactured according to international standards and can use shells or rounds used in the MBRLs made in China and Pakistan,” Brigadier de Silva said.
He said the CRD had the capability to manufacture a 40-barrel MBRL at a cost of Rs.10 million but had initially focused on manufacturing the 20-barrel MBRL.
“We will hand over our locally made MBRL to the Sri Lanka army for training after adjusting the firing range. We have to reduce the firing range to one km because the army cannot use a 20 km firing range for training purpose,” Brigadier de Silva said.
He said the CRD had also manufactured a short range missile. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
kumaran Wednesday, 6 February 2019 04:48
I cant understand our leaders!! We have so many items we import, but no, we put out multi barreled rocket launchers!!
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Banda Thursday, 7 February 2019 15:52
We bloody Lankans are good at something usual for a developing country. Pirapaharan made Basilan 2000 bombs and land mines, and now we do this.
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C.K.Lankaputhra Wednesday, 6 February 2019 06:56
Hope Brgd Dr. de Silva will meet the same fate of Dr. Amith Minindradasa. We pray for him.
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Unchikun Wednesday, 6 February 2019 10:26
"Can use shells or rounds used in the MBRLs made in China and Pakistan,” Oh, that is it. We know where the other parts came from. What about the guy who really used his talent and manufactured a weapon? Still in remand custody? They are the real innovators and not these guy in fancy dress. Well well well, I too had a fancy dress at one time.
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BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:45
Is this a priority? Cant we spend
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