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A reliable defence of littoral areas is the most critical task facing South-East
Asian countries. The Rosoboronexport Corporation offers several versions of
the Tornado missile/gunboat to successfully discharge the afore-mentioned
task. Tornado warships can equally well operate both in littoral areas, and
shallow waters, such as navigable rivers, river mouths, and other 'narrow'
Tornado-family ships have a full displacement of 560 tons, a length of 61.45
m, and a beam of 9.6 m. CODAD diesel engines, ensure a full speed of 26
knots, while the water jets ensure high manoeuvrability and propulsion in
shallow waters. Tornado warships are based on stealth technologies, which
increase their concealment.
Tornado-family ships are fitted with the Sigma-E Action Data Automation
Weapon Systems (ADAWS). It ensures battle management through
integration of radio-electronics into a single system and automation of
weapon systems employment. Being able to generate tactical environment
data either for itself, or a task force, any Tornado-family warship can act as a
command and control (C2) ship. Given a wide employment of automatics, the
crew strength amounts to 29-39 men depending on the ship version.
Rosoboronexport offers its customers three main Tornado versions. The first
one is armed with the Grad-M system, designed to destroy coast-based area
targets. The weapon system does not need describing in detail, since it is a
shipborne version of the worldwide renowned Grad multiple rocket launcher
system (MRLS). A simultaneous salvo of two 20-tube launchers, firing 122
mm rockets, can reduce to dust any target at a range of 5 to 20 km and clear
a beachhead for a landing party.
Some of the weapon systems, mounted on Tornado warships, are unique.
The highly efficient 100 mm AK-190 Universal gun mount, designed to kill
sea-, coast, and air-based targets, is placed in front of the pilot house. Fire
control is exercised with the help of the unique Laska-M system, featuring a
radar and an optronic channels.
Air defence is provided by the 3M-47 Gibka SHORAD system, firing Igla
infrared seeking missiles. The launcher fires single fire-and-forget missiles
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