For the first time US has deployed HIMARS rocket system to Estonia

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Two US M124 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) were delivered to Estonia on Tuesday to participate in the ongoing Saber Strike military drills, the Estonian Defense Forces said.

A C-17 Globemaster III from the 164th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, arrived at Tallinn Airport, Estonia, June 14, 2016. The C-17 Globemaster III brought High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) vehicles and Soldiers from B Battery, 1-181st Field Artillery, Tennessee Army National Guard to participate in exercise Saber Strike 16.

Saber Strike is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to improve joint interoperability through a range of missions that prepare the 14 participating nations to support multinational contingency operations.

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a standard Army Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) truck frame. The HIMARS carries six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile on the U.S. Army’s new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) five-ton truck, and can launch the entire Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM). HIMARS is interchangeable with the MLRS M270A1, carrying half the rocket load.

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