Phnom Penh: Cambodia`s Prime Minister Hun
Sen on Wednesday said that Cambodia will conduct a multiple
rocket launching test next week.
Speaking at a graduating ceremony for graduate students,
Hun Sen called the move a routine military drill and said it
is not intended to show Cambodia`s military muscle to any
Cambodia has been locked in a territorial dispute with
Thailand since 2008 and there have been sporadic military
clashes between the two countries at the border area near
Cambodia`s Preah Vihear Temple.
Hun Sen said the rocket tests will take place March 4 in
Kompong Chhnang Province, about 100 kilometers north of Phnom
About 200 rounds of the BM-21 multiple rocket launcher
will be fired to test the military`s capabilities as well as
the quality of the Russian-made rocket-launching system, he
The 122-mm rockets have a range of 40 kilometers. Hun Sen
said one round of the BM-21 costs between $1,200 and $3,800.
Earlier this month, Hun Sen toured the Cambodia-Thai
border area and visited military units. The trip and the heavy
weapons displayed during his visit were broadcast on many
television channels in Cambodia.