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M270 MLRS  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: MARS and MARS II
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: M270 MLRS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Total Production: ?
Family Members: M270A1 MLRS
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Description: The M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) is a highly mobile advanced artillery system providing strike capability against air defense systems, enemy artillery, armored formations and other high value targets deep inside enemy territory. Currently he M270 can fire both rockets and missiles, but in the future would be possible the addition of smart weapons to that list.

The M270 is a derivative of the proven M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The M270 retains the chassis of the M2. The crew of 3 can fire 12 rockets or 2 ATACMS from inside the cab leaving the fire location to avoid the counterfire. The M270 is autonomous, containing all equipment necessary to load, aim and fire the rockets or missiles.

During the operation Desert Storm in 1991 the US and UK M270 artillery systems fired successfully about 10,000 M26 rockets and 32 ATACMS missile. Lessons learned from operational deployment led to develop an extended range of the M26 rocket known as M26A1/A2. The US Army also ordered the development of an improved mechanical launcher and fire control system.

To date, more than 1,000 M270 MLRS systems have been produced for 15 countries worldwide.

M270 MLRS Specifications

Artillery Tubes: 12
Crew: 3
Dimensions
Height: 2.57 meter
Length: 6.86 meter
Width: 2.97 meter
Performance
Max Range: 483 kilometer
Power
Power: 500 hp (373 kW)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 40 kph (11.1 mps)
Top Speed: 65 kph (18.1 mps)
Weight
Combat Weight: 24,950 kilogram
Empty Weight: 19,573 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

M270 MLRS News

There are 17 news between
15 Aug 2005 and 28 Sep 2016
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016US Army Takes Delivery of First Modernized TACMS Missile
Tuesday, March 29, 2016Lockheed Martin Restarts Production of ATACMS Tactical Ballistic Missile System
Wednesday, March 16, 2016Raytheon to Offer Replacement for US Army's ATACMS Tactical Ballistic Missile
Friday, January 15, 2016Israeli Armed Forces to Deploy Romah Guided Artillery Rocket
Thursday, March 13, 2014Lockheed Martin Receives US Army Contract for Guided MLRS Rocket Production
Wednesday, January 18, 2012Sigma 30 Navigation and Pointing System Chosen to Modernize French, German and Italian M270s
Thursday, September 8, 2011French Army to Upgrade 13 M270 to Launch the M31 Guided Unitary Rocket
Wednesday, May 18, 2011Finnish Army to Upgrade 22 M270 MLRS Rocket Artillery Systems Precision Fires Capability
Wednesday, April 6, 2011KMW Delivers First Upgraded Rocket Launcher MARS II to German Artillery School
Thursday, September 30, 2010FMS: Finland Seeks to Upgrade 24 M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Denmark?
YearHoldings
201312In storage, non-operational, awaiting disposal
201212In storage, non-operational, awaiting disposal
201112In storage, non-operational, awaiting disposal
200812
200612
Finland22
ex-Dutch Army MLRS
Germany150
Germany is upgrading its rocket launchers to the MARS II standard introduced in April 2011
YearHoldings
201554
201485
201385
201297
2011100
2010103
2009121
2008132
2007132
2006128
Greece?
YearHoldings
2006152
Israel235
Japan99
YearHoldings
201599
201499
201399
201299
201199
201099
200999
200899
200799
200696
Netherlands?
YearHoldings
200622
United Kingdom59
YearHoldings
201523
201423
201323
201223
201136
201036+ 4 RRVs
200859
200742
200658

Grand Total 1,52315
Defensive Weapons
AT2 Scatminx12
M26x12
M26A1x12
M30 GMLRSx12
M31 GUMLRSx12
Romah
Offensive Weapons
ATACMS Block Ix2
ATACMS Block IAx2
ATACMS Block IA Unitaryx2
ATACMS Block IIx2
ATACMS-Px2
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