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Sandstorm
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Faction NATO
Type Self-Propelled Rocket Artillery
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity 3000 mass
Top speed 64 km/h
Fuel capacity 20 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× 230 mm Rocket Pod
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants M2A1 Slammer, M2A4 Slammer UP, M4 Scorcher
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The M5 Sandstorm is an armoured, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher used by NATO forces in ArmA 3.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Indirect fire support
« The Swedish Multiple Launch Rocket System is a replacement of the original U.S. MLRS platform. Built in 2021, it utilizes smaller rockets equipped with modern engines, resulting in longer range and accuracy. The launch pod is mounted on a Slammer chassis and loads 12 unguided rockets.
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Design

Sharing the same chassis as its MBT parent, the Sandstorm is essentially a mobile rocket battery on treads.

It can accurately deliver high-explosive rockets with a dispersion of less than 100 m on targets more than 11 km away in a single salvo.

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A battery of Sandstorms carry out a fire mission at nighttime.

Armament
The Sandstorm's standard loadout has the launcher pod pre-loaded with 12 high-explosive (HE) 230 mm rockets.

These rockets can damage, if not outright destroy even MBTs with indirect impacts, making the Sandstorm a highly valuable asset in any situation.

Optionally, the Sandstorm's launcher can also be loaded with 230 mm cluster rockets, which can raze entire towns in a single barrage of devastating explosive fragments.

Drawbacks
Care must be taken with the Sandstorm's operation however, as even though it retains the same protection levels as its parent vehicle like its gun-armed counterpart, it completely lacks any form of defensive weaponry that would allow it to defend itself within a reasonable capacity.

Even though direct fire is possible by aiming the launcher at the enemy, it is highly inaccurate at close ranges and is generally considered to be a waste of the Sandstorm's limited munitions.

Crew Capacity
The Sandstorm has a seating capacity of just two personnel for a crew that consists of the driver and gunner. It cannot transport any passengers or additional crewmen.

Camouflage

  • Sand
  • Olive
  • Sand (Camo Nets)
  • Olive (Camo Nets)
  • Sand: Standard pattern-less dark tan paint scheme used by all NATO ground vehicles and certain aircraft. This can be universally employed in all types of terrain, but is more suited to arid and forested environments. Any camo nets applied on the Sandstorm's hull will use a two-tone desert camouflage pattern scheme.
  • Olive: Tropical olive green paint scheme. Only useful for jungle or woodland environments. Camo nets attached to the Sandstorm use a two-tone woodland camouflage pattern when this scheme is used.

Protection

The Sandstorm has a base armour value of 900.

It does not have any Explosive Reactive Armour blocks/panels fitted, nor the ability to attach slat cages.

Hull

The hull can resist up to 1,620 points of damage. Will cause a catastrophic kill if fully depleted.

Munition type Damage reduction (%) Velocity reduction (%)
Armour Piercing None 20
High-Explosive 80 50
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 80* 20
Tandem High-Explosive Anti-Tank 80* 10

(*) Reductions only apply to the explosive component of the munition i.e. Tandem HEAT explosive charge

If the hull has been compromised, no reductions will be applied to the velocity/raw damage of incoming projectiles.

Engine

Located in the front of the hull. It can only resist 360 points of damage.

20% of incoming damage onto the engine is always inflicted onto the Sandstorm's "health" pool. It will not however, cause a catastrophic kill if destroyed unless the Sandstorm is critically damaged.

If damaged: Reduces power output, acceleration is decreased and it may become impossible to climb uphill.
If destroyed: Instantly immobilises the Sandstorm.

Fuel tank

Located next to the engine. It is able to take even less damage before critical failure; up to a maximum of 270 points only.

10% of incoming damage onto the fuel tank is always inflicted onto the Sandstorm's "health" pool. A destroyed fuel tank will not cause a catastrophic kill unless the Sandstorm is critically damaged.

If damaged: Gradually leak fuel over time, but it will stop at a threshold of 70% of the Sandstorm's total fuel capacity.
If destroyed: Causes it to rapidly lose its entire fuel capacity in just a few seconds.

Treads

Both treads can resist 650 points worth of damage. No amount of damage inflicted on them is transferred onto the Sandstorm's "health" pool.

Destroying either one of the treads will hamper the Sandstorm's handling but will not prevent it from moving. Destroying both will severely degrade the Sandstorm's handling and can prevent it from moving while on rough terrain.

Missile pod

The Sandstorm's MLRS pod can withstand up to 720 points of damage. It takes 80% reduced damage from HE-type munitions.

Disabling the pod will prevent the gunner from adjusting its rotation. However, no amount of damage inflicted onto it is shared with the Sandstorm's main "health" pool.

Components

  • Camo Net (Hull): Drapes the entire hull with camouflage netting. Partially conceals covered sections from thermal sensors.
  • Camo Net (Turret): Identical to the Hull camo net, but for the launcher pod instead.

Armament

The gunner position exclusively controls the 230 mm Rocket pod. For optics, they have access to three fields of view and a day, night and black-hot/white-hot thermal vision mode:

230 mm Rocket

Payload Base damage value Damage type Initial velocity (m/s)
HE 1,200 High-Explosive 850
Cluster (Primary) 300 High-Explosive 850
Cluster (Secondary) 35 High-Explosive N/A

Multiple rocket launcher. Can fire unguided 230 mm rockets with either a high-explosive (HE) or cluster payload.

Rockets are always fired with an initial launch velocity of 850 m/s. Without a firing solution selected, the gunner can launch one rocket every 0.8 seconds. It takes a total of 90 seconds to rearm all rockets (assuming the Sandstorm has been fully depleted).

The destructive potential of each rocket type varies depending on the payload:

  • High-Explosive (HE): The rocket's actual warhead will separate once it is 500 metres above the impact point. It has a blast radius of 30 metres and an armour penetration depth of 433.5 millimetres (direct impact only).
  • Cluster: The cluster fragments will separate once the rocket reaches a height of 250 metres above the impact point, spreading across a radius of 50 metres.
    • Each fragment has a blast radius of 8 metres and has a 7% chance of failing to detonate properly. Undetonated fragments will be left behind as Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) pieces.

Capabilities

It can fire all twelve of its rockets in under 10 seconds, giving it one of the fastest firing rates of any artillery piece in ArmA 3 alongside the AAF's Zamak MLR.

The M5 Sandstorm has eleven usable range modes available for firing:

  • 997 to 1,342 metres (ETA 21-17 seconds)
  • 1,281 to 1,724 metres (ETA 24-19 seconds)
  • 1,676 to 2,256 metres (ETA 27-22 seconds)
  • 2,190 to 2,946 metres (ETA 31-25 seconds)
  • 2,846 to 3,829 metres (ETA 36-38 seconds)
  • 3,729 to 5,018 metres (ETA 41-35 seconds)
  • 4,927 to 6,630 metres (ETA 47-38 seconds)
  • 6,366 to 8,566 metres (ETA 53-44 seconds)
  • 8,242 to 11,091 metres (ETA 61-51 seconds)
  • 10,599 to 14,263 metres (ETA 69-59 seconds)
  • 13,415 to 18,052 metres (ETA 78-65 seconds)

It also has two more selectable (but barely targetable) range modes:

  • 17,169 to 23,104 metres (ETA 88-73 seconds)
  • 22,356 to 30,083 metres (ETA 101-82 seconds)

Selectable but completely untargetable range modes:

  • 29,981 to 40,344 metres (ETA N/A)
  • 38,816 to 52,232 metres (ETA N/A)
  • 50,458 to 67,898 metres (ETA N/A)

The last three range modes cannot actually be used because the artillery computer's map is not large enough to allow the user to target a position from within the minimum/maximum range arcs. This means that the Sandstorm's real effective range is limited to between just 1,000-18,000 metres.

Trivia

  • The Sandstorm's rocket launcher pod is based on the M993 Launcher used by the real-world "M270 MLRS". The chassis on the other hand, like its parent vehicle and its gun-armed counterpart, is based on the "Merkava Mark IV" MBT.
  • Functionally, the Sandstorm's overall role and operation is also similar to that of the Russian-made "TOS-1 Buratino". Like the Sandstorm, the Buratino combines an MRL pod with a tank chassis.
  • Prior to the release of the Tanks DLC, the Sandstorm was the only rocket-based artillery vehicle of its kind in ArmA 3 until the inclusion of the Zamak MLR.
    • The DLC's release also gave the Sandstorm the option of loading cluster rockets, though they are not a part of the Sandstorm's default loadout and must be added by scripting commands.

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See also

Variants

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration

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