323 MLRS (Type 63)

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323 MLRS (Type 63)

Flag-North-Korea

Unknown official name

Brief History
North Korea has a surprisingly long history of tank and AFV production, with some of their most recent developments being very interesting. During the Korean War, and for a couple decades after, North Korea relied on Soviet hand-me-downs, namely T-34s and their derivatives, T-55s, etc. In the 70s, the DPRK started development of their first MBTs based on their copy of the T-62 (Ch’ŏnma), which have continually been upgraded to this day. They haven’t just built MBTs, however. They have a number of other AFVs, such as SPGs and tank destroyers.

Alongside these vehicles, North Korea has developed a number of APCs. In 1973, the 323 was spotted for the first time (sometimes incorrectly referred to as VTT-323 in the west). The 323 is a derivative of the Chinese YW 531A, which the DPRK bought and operated, with the biggest changes being the addition of a turret, one extra roadhweel, and amphibious capabilities. This suggestion focuses on 1 of the 2 rocket launcher variants of the 323.

Characteristics
The 323 MLRS removes the turret added onto the North Korean 323 APC variant and replaces it with a 3x6 rocket launcher. The rockets are Chinese Type 63 107mm rockets, which can fire at 385m/s and carry a 1.3kg warhead (18.8kg total weight). These are the same rockets as on the M1992 MLRS, but a slightly smaller launcher (18 total instead of 24).

This variant also has a 14.5mm KPV as its secondary armament, which would provide some nice supplementary firepower against lightly armoured targets in game.

The 323’s engine is believed to be the same as that on the Chinese YW 531 – 320hp. The US estimated the top speed of the 323 at 80km/h, but it is much more likely to be around 65km/h.

Armour is probably very similar (if not identical) to the YW 531, being ~14mm all around.

The 323 has a crew of 4 – commander, driver, gunner, and machine gunner

Conclusion
This vehicle would be a fun mid-tier rocket launcher for a North Korean sub-tree. I think it would play relatively similarly to the Type 75 MLRS in game, but with better mobility, and much worse rockets. I’m unsure of what BR is best, but somewhere around 5.0-6.0 feels good.

Specifications
Armament

  • Type 63 107mm rocket
    • 18 rounds, unknown number stored in hull
    • 18.8kg total weight, 1.3kg warhead
    • 385m/s
  • 1x 14.5mm KPV

Armour

  • Hull
    • Front
      • 14mm
    • Sides
      • 14mm
    • Rear
      • 14mm
  • Turret
    • N/A

Mobility

  • Speed
    • ~65km/h
    • 10km/h in water
  • Weight
    • ~12.6-15.3t (estimated)
  • Engine power
    • 320hp

Images

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107mm-MLRS-VTT323

Sources

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323 APC - Tank Encyclopedia
The Armed Forces of North Korea: On the Path of Songun – Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
VTT-323 - 나무위키
323 APC
Type 63 multiple rocket launcher - Wikipedia
Type 63 Jet Launcher | Missilery.info