Tuesday May 24, 2016
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $331.7 million foreign military sales contract by the US Army. The sale will see the company provide the defense departments of Israel, Singapore, Finland and Jordan with the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS ) which includes 290 alternative warhead rocket pods, 34 unitary rocket pods and 529 reduced range practice rocket pods. Work and delivery of the system is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018.
The M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) entered service with the US Army in 1983. Production of this vehicle ceased in 2003. The M270 is currently in service with the US Army and a number of other countries. It is also a standard NATO multiple launch rocket system.
Guided Unitary MLRS Rocke @lockheedmartin.com
A unique feature of the M270 is that it has got no launching rails. Rockets are fired straight away from containers. Each disposable container holds 6 rockets. Rockets can be stored in containers without any maintenance for up to ten years. Vehicle carries two such containers with a total of 12 rockets.
The standard 227-mm HE-FRAG rocket is 3.96 m long and weights 307 kg. The M270 also fires two types of cluster rockets, fitted with anti-tank submunitions and the AT-2 anti-tank mines. Warheads are interchangeable. It also fires newly developed guided munitions at a range of 60 – 100 km.
MGM-140 ATACMS (Army TACtical Missile System)
The M270 MLRS can also launch MGM-140 ATACMS (Army TACtical Missile System) tactical missiles. The ATACMS has a range exceeding 150 km. Two of these missiles can be carried. Furthermore vehicle can carry a mix of one missile and a pack of six rockets.
|Dimensions and weight|
|Number of tubes||12|
|Rocket weight||307 kg|
|Warhead weight||120 kg|
|Firing range||2 – 40 km|
|Full salvo duration||48 s|
|Reloading time||5 – 10 minutes|
|Engine||Cummins VTA-903T diesel|
|Engine power||500 hp|
|Maximum road speed||65 km/h|
|Vertical step||0.9 m|