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Multiple launch rocket system


The M142 HIMARS multiple launch rocket system offers half firepower of the M270 MLRS

Entered service 2005
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 10.88 t
Length 7 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 3.2 m
Caliber 227-mm
Number of tubes 6
Rocket weight 307 kg
Warhead weight 120 kg
Firing range 2 - 40 km
Full salvo duration ~ 25 s
Reloading time 5 minutes
Engine Caterpillar 3115 ATAAC 6.6-liter diesel
Engine power 290 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Range 480 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording 0.9 m


   The M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a lighter version of the M270 MLRS multiple launch rocket system. It is intended for the airborne troops and marines. It entered service with the US Army and Marine Corps in 2005. A total procurement of 900 launchers is planned. It has been exported to Jordan (12), Singapore (18) and the United Arab Emirates (20). Some other export customers are considering to purchase this system.

   The HIMARS fires the same rockets as the M270 MLRS, however it carries only one pack with a total of 6 rockets. It offers half firepower of the M270. The standard 227-mm rocket is 3.96 m long and weights 307 kg. The HIMARS fires a full range of the M270 rockets, including HE-FRAG and cluster. It also fires newly developed extended range guided munitions at a range of 60 - 100 km.

   The HIMARS can launch a single MGM-140 ATACMS (Army TACtical Missile System) tactical missile.

   The HIMARS is mounted on the FMTV 6x6 five-ton army truck. Vehicle is powered by a Caterpillar 3135 ATAAC 6.6-liter diesel engine, developing 290 horsepower.

   Reloading is made by the crew within 5 minutes. It is assisted by an integrated crane. Reload rockets are carried by escorting cross-country truck. Reloading is performed remotely from firing position in order to avoid counter-battery fire.

   This artillery system can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft.


Video of the M142 HIMARS multiple launch rocket system





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