Cuban military vehicles parade along the Plaza de la Revolucion to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in Havana, April 16, 2011. Cuba on Wednesday announced the launch of five days of nationwide military exercises.
Cuba has developed and deployed an indigenous TEL based on the Soviet SM-90 launcher and the obsolete T-55 tank chassis. The total number of conversions is unknown, but multiple TELs were publicly displayed during the 2006 Havana parade, and TELs have been displayed in two very different camouflage patterns suggesting multiple units equipped with the design. This design shares features with the Cuban SA-3 TEL design, and differs in many respects from the PLA HQ-2 TEL.
Cuban SA-2 TELs on parade in Havana, 2006 (via Vestnik-PVO).
This image shows the wheeled support frame for the nose of the missile round, in stowed position for transport. This frame is removed from the TELs used for the street parade. This is a fundamentally different design approach to the WXZ204 HQ-2B TEL, where the launch rail was extended.
This image shows the cable spool mounted on the aft of the tank hull. This suggests that during deployment of the battery the TEL is used to lay the interface cable from the Fan Song. A similar arrangement is used on the Cuban SA-3 TEL (via Vestnik-PVO).
Cuban T-55 / 5P73 TEL
Cuba has developed and deployed an indigenous TEL based on the four rail 5P73 launcher and obsolete T-55 tank chassis. The total number of conversions is unknown, but multiple TELs were publicly displayed during the 2006 Havana parade. This design is sufficiently different from the Polish Ankol/Cenrex design to be safely considered unique.
Cuban SA-3 TELs on display (via Vestnik-PVO).
This image shows the large aft mounted cable spool and empty outboard launch rails well. No images have surfaced to date showing all four rails loaded.
SA-3 TELs in foreground, SA-2 TELs in background (via Vestnik-PVO).
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