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Multiple launch rocket system


The LIMAWS (R) multiple launch rocket system is expected to enter service in 2010 - 2011

Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 8.8 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Caliber 240-mm
Number of tubes 6
Rocket weight 307 kg
Warhead weight ?
Firing range 2 - 70 km
Full salvo duration ~ 25 s
Reloading time 5 minutes
Engine Cummins diesel engine
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Range over 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.8 m
Fording ~ 0.8 m


   The LIMAWS (R) or Lightweight Mobile Artillery Weapon System - Rocket, was developed in the United Kingdom. It is intended to provide support to rapid reaction forces as a lighter and more mobile alternative to the M270 MLRS. The LIMAWS (R) is generally similar to the US M142 HIMARS. Trials of this artillery system commenced in 2005. It was expected that the LIMAWS (R) will enter service with the Royal Army in 2010 - 2011. The requirement was only for 24 units. However in 2008 the UK Ministry of Defense cancelled the programme.

   The LIMAWS (R) fires the same rockets as the M270 MLRS, however it carries only one pack with a total of 6 rockets. It offers half the firepower of the M270 and fires full range of its munitions. The standard rocket is 3.96 m long and weights 307 kg. Various warheads can be fitted depending on the target.

   The LIMAWS (R) will fire GPS-guided GMLRS rockets, which are already in service with the Royal Artillery. These precision rockets have a maximum range of 70 km.

   The LIMAWS (R) is also capable of firing the US ATACMS (Army TACtical Missile System) long-range guided missiles. A single ATACMS missile can be carried in place of six rockets.

   Fire control system of the LIMAWS (R) is similar to the M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS.

   Reloading is assisted by an integrated crane and made by the system crew during 5 minutes. Reload rockets are carried by escorting cross-country truck.

   The LIMAWS (R) uses the 6x4 Supacat chassis. It is a modified and lightened version of the 6x6 chassis, however significant weight saving comes at a cost of reduced cross-country mobility. Vehicle is powered by a Cummins diesel engine. The cab is armored and has built-in NBC protection system. Add-on armor can be fitted if necessary.

Two LIMAWS (R) systems can be airlifted by the C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft. A single vehicle can be carried underslung by the Chinook CH-47 helicopter.






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