A ZHUK RS-ZO in use with Diamond Dogs in 1984.

The ZHUK RS-Z0 was an Eastern Bloc self-propelled rocket launcher that was in service around 1984. It is an artillery variant of the ZHUK BR-3.

Background and features

It is essentially a ZHUK BR-3 additionally-equipped with a rail launcher for up to twelve 130mm artillery rockets, enough to ensure a wide area coverage during fire missions.


The ZHUK RS-Z0s was in service since at least 1984, where these IFVs were deployed alongside Soviet troops into Afghanistan, although some Soviet soldiers implied that while the IFVs were recently deployed into Afghanistan, the vehicles themselves were mainstays in the Red Army for quite some time.[1]

Phantom Pain Incident

See also: Hospital Escape and Phantom Pain Incident

They would often be seen in Armored Vehicle Units of Soviet forces in Afghanistan when Diamond Dogs operated in Afghanistan in 1984. Diamond Dogs was known to eliminate or capture these types of tanks as side-missions during this time period.

ZHUK RS-Z0s and ZHUK BR-3s often formed the backbone of Soviet Mechanized Forces, and Diamond Dogs was hired by the Afghani Mujihadeen to Eliminate them as part of a wider mission to prevent Soviet armor from being deployed during a raid in 1984. Venom Snake would also frequently encounter them during his missions in Afghanistan while searching for Cipher.

Several ZHUK RS-Z0s and ZHUK BR-3s were commandeered by XOF when they took over OKB Zero in 1984, and a number were used in a futile attempt to stop a hijacked Metal Gear Sahelanthropus.

A number were part of the Soviet Mechanized Battalion that attacked Quiet and Venom Snake at Lamar Khaate Palace. Several were neutralized by the duo. 

Behind the scenes

It has multiple variants, which are more prominent in harder missions. They boast heavier armor, and a more powerful gun, powerful enough to one-shot Snake, even through splash damage. The red variant is the most powerful and sturdy, but the black variants are still just as deadly.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
    Soviet Soldier 1: Hey, they've just begun deploying armored vehicles equipped with the multiple launch rocket system. // Soviet Soldier 2: Just begun? Those have been around forever. // Soviet Soldier 1: They've never been deployed in this area before. And they may be old, but they still pack a hell of a punch. // Soviet Soldier 2: True, laying down fire over a large area will be a huge plus. // Soviet Soldier 1: Exactly. The dushman will be like rats in a trap. // Soviet Soldier 2: I can't wait. // Soviet Soldier 1: All right, the rest is yours, comrade. // Soviet Soldier 2: OK.