The BM-30 Smerch (Russian: Смерч, "whirlwind") or 9A52-2 Smerch-M is a Soviet heavy multiple rocket launcher. The system is designed to defeat personnel, armored, and soft-skinned targets in concentration areas, artillery batteries, command posts and ammunition depots. It was created in the early 1980s and entered service in the Soviet Army in 1989.When first observed by the Allies in the Multiverse, it received the code MRL 280mm M1983. It is expected to be superseded by the 9A52-4 Tornado. The BM-30 Smerch is used by the Axis of Empires and later the Coalition of Independent States.