S.A.P.B.A. 127mm (experimental)

SAPBA, or “Sistema de Proyectiles Balisticos Autopropulsados”, (Self-Propelled Ballistic Projectile System), was conceived by CITEFA at the beginning of the 1980s to train the Argentine Army of a mobile rocket launcher of indigenous manufacture. The system assembles 4 containers with nine 127mm caliber barrel each, a hydraulic-manual hoist for elevation and direction and a self-supporting crane that allows quick rockets reloads. The tube launchers are made of aluminum and have helical flutes that makes the system more accurate. Each rocket weights 54kg and is powered by solid propellant PHE-2 developed by CITEFA. The SAPBA could fire the 36 projectiles in 18 seconds. The rockets can be fired from a distance of 50 meters by an electric wire device. The system can be reloaded by a single person in 5 minutes with the help of the crane. This multiple launch rocket system was used as the basis of the CP-30 system, currently in service with the Argentine Army.

SAPBA 127mm gallery and more info


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Country of origin



CITEFA, (Centro de Investigaciones Tecnicas de las Fuerzas Armadas)


Multiple launch rocket system





Power plant

1 x 260 hp diesel engine


36 x 127mm rocket launchers

Rate of fire, (maximum)

Complete salvo in 18 seconds

Shell weight

54 kg

Shell range

16.30 km

Warhead, (explosive charge)

Weight: 18 kg – Type: Anti-personnel


1 experimental prototype