Kestrel Rocket

Kestrel Rocket

• Type
   Individual Shoulder-Launched Weapon System


• Development
   The National Chun-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) started to develop the Kestrel

   rocket in 2008. In the beginning of the development, in order to satisfy the operational demands of

   the Marine Corps and the Army based on the mountainous and coastal terrain in Taiwan, the research

   team had studied and compared various anti-armor rockets in the world, such as AT4, Apilas and

   SMAW, and finally decided to develop a light, robust and portable individual weapon to engage

   medium to light armored vehicles.

   The weapon system had been examined and verified in eleven critical tests from 2009 to 2012 and

   the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) was successfully accomplished in 2013. It has

   been proven that the Kestrel rocket meets all the requirements of adverse operational conditions

   and all-weather operations.

   In addition to the armor-piercing warhead, the research team also started to develop the High

   Explosive Squash Head (HESH) warhead in 2012. The HESH warhead was expected to provide the

   operational capability against the bunkers, buildings and fortifications to the light and support forces

   in urban and position warfare. The HESH warhead had been tested for four times and proven to have

   the capability of destroying the brick walls and reinforced-concrete.


• Description
   The Kestrel rocket is an individual shoulder-launched weapon with two different applications for

   “anti-armor” and “concrete-penetration”. It provides the capabilities against armored vehicles

   and fortifications to the light and support forces. It also provides sufficient attacking fire in the

   buildings and bunkers of urban and position warfare. The Kestrel rocket satisfies the demand of

   all-weather operations and greatly enhances an individual’s survivability in the battlefield. It is also

   useful to an individual solider in the mobile or spot sniping operation.


• Specifications
   The weapon has a length of 1.1 meter and a weight of 5 kg and its caliber is 67 mm. It has two types

   of warheads: HEAT and HESH.

  • High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT)

     1.Effective range: 400 meters

     2.Penetration depth of armor: 35 centimeters

 • High Explosive Squash Head (HESH):

     1.Effective range: over 150 meters

     2.Penetration depth and diameter of bricks wall: 30 / up to 90 centimeters
     3.Penetration depth and diameter of reinforced concrete: 20 / up to 60 centimeters

• Status
   The Kestrel rocket has been manufactured and employed for the R.O.C. Marine Corps since 2015.