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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Belarus Tests Secretive Rocket Launcher System in China

Polonez rocket launcherBelarus tested its new Polonez rocket launcher system in China, which has a considerably greater range than Soviet-made Smerch systems and could indicate a secretive development between the two countries which lasted over a decade. The Belarusian multiple rocket launcher system (MLRS) Polonez has passed tests in China, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's press service reported on Tuesday.

Very little is known about the system, which was first publicly presented at the May 9, 2015 Victory Day Parade in Minsk. The system's publicly declared specifications, which promise a range of up to 200 kilometers, are similar to those of the Chinese Norinco AR3 MLRS first presented in 2011. The information could indicate that Chinese-Belarusian military cooperation on the project took place secretively for some time.

The release about the test also accompanied a cryptic statement from President Lukashenko about the tests with regards to the country's cooperation with Russia.

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