Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Continental United States based artillery unit conducts live fire mission in Korea

A Continental United States (CONUS) based artillery unit fires six rockets while in Korea on September 21, 2017 after a no-notice recall and deployment.

This demonstrated and exercised the ability to rapidly move a long-range precision artillery system known as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and crew to anywhere in the world and execute a live-fire mission.

The  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 ammunition is interchangeable with the MLRS M270A1, however it is only able to carry one pod rather than the standard two for the M270A1 and A2 variants.

The launcher is C-130 transportable. The chassis is produced by BAE Systems Mobility & Protection Systems (formerly Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group Tactical Vehicle Systems Division), the OEM of the FMTV. The rocket launching system is produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control.

Photo Credit: Eighth Army
Photo Credit: Eighth Army
Photo Credit: Eighth Army
Photo Credit: Eighth Army

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense adviser and a consultant. He graduated in business management and worked at leading European defense companies before becoming a military journalist. read more