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RBU-2500 on the SKR-1


The RBU-2500 is a Soviet anti-submarine rocket launcher with sixteen rockets in two rows of eight barrels.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The RBU-2500 launcher system can fire up to 48 x 213 mm rockets, each containing a depth charge. The rockets are fired in rapid succession, creating a barrage of depth charges that can quickly neutralize an enemy submarine. The launchers are typically mounted on the foredeck of a ship and are controlled by an operator who uses a sighting system to aim the rockets at the target.

Effective damage

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Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Fires a barrage of up to 12 rockets carrying depth charges that can quickly destroy a vessel


  • Unguided rockets limit the precision of the weapon
  • Can only be fired in a straight line, making it less effective against manoeuvrable targets
  • The launcher system is relatively large and heavy, which can limit its deployment on smaller vessels


The RBU-2500, also known as the Smerch-3, is a Soviet-made anti-submarine rocket launcher system that was developed in the late 1970s. The system was designed to replace the earlier RBU-1200 system and was widely used by the Soviet Navy during the Cold War era. The RBU-2500 was widely deployed on Soviet naval vessels during the Cold War and was also exported to other countries. Today, it remains in service with the Russian Navy and other navies around the world.


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Naval special armaments
Mortars  7.2-inch T37 · Mk 2
Rockets  5-inch GPSR Mk.7 · Mark 108 Weapon alfa
Missiles  RIM-24A
Rockets  M/50 Bofors
Mortars  BM-37 · RBM · RBU-1200 · RBU-2500 · RBU-6000 · RKU-36U
Rockets  BM-14-17 · BM-21 · M13 · M-8
Missiles  Volna-M
Mortars  Ordnance ML 4.2-inch mortar
Rockets  4.5-inch BBR Mk.7 (USA) · Mark 108 Weapon alfa (USA)
Missiles  Nettuno