Tuesday, November 28, 2023

U.S. State Department clears potential HIMARS sale to Latvia

The U.S. State Department has given its approval for a potential Foreign Military Sale to Latvia, which involves the acquisition of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated equipment, with an estimated value of $220 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has officially notified Congress of this potential sale.

According to the Pentagon’s top arms broker, the Government of the Republic of Latvia has made a formal request to procure six M142 HIMARS, twelve M30A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead (AW) Pods equipped with Insensitive Munitions Propulsion System (IMPS), twelve M31A2 GMLRS Unitary (GMLRS-U) High Explosive Pods with IMPS, and ten M57 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Pods. The package also encompasses Reduced Range Practice Rocket (RRPR) Pods, intercom systems for HIMARS Launcher support, ruggedized laptops, training, training equipment, publications for HIMARS and munitions, as well as spares, services, and other support equipment. The estimated total cost for this program is $220 million.

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Lockheed Martin, based in Grand Prairie, Texas, is the primary contractor for this project.

The M142 HIMARS is a highly mobile and versatile rocket artillery system. It is mounted on a wheeled vehicle, making it air-transportable and suitable for rapid deployment. The HIMARS is known for its ability to fire a variety of munitions, including precision-guided missiles and artillery rockets, providing the Latvian armed forces with enhanced firepower and operational flexibility.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force soldier and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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