The US Army introduced its first unit equipped with the Lockheed Martin High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), helping the service
meet its goal of fielding a lighter, more mobile and more flexible fighting
Lockheed Martin's HIMARS was presented to Lieutenant Colonel William Turner,
commander, 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery, XVIII Airborne Corps, in a
ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as the 3-27th Field Artillery Regiment (FAR) became
the first certified HIMARS Battalion. The ceremony was witnessed by hundreds of
Soldiers, suppliers, dignitaries and Lockheed Martin personnel, many of whom
supported user training and transition of the HIMARS system to the warfighter.
Total joint procurement of the system for the Army and Marine Corps is expected
to be more than 900 launchers. HIMARS can accommodate the entire family of
Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) munitions, including all variants of the
Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile.
Additionally, HIMARS is capable of launching the new Guided MLRS and its unitary
variant, the next major step in the evolution of the MLRS Family of Munitions,
offering advanced capabilities, reduced logistics support and precision attack.
Designed to enable troops to engage and defeat artillery, air defense
concentrations, trucks, light armor and personnel carriers, as well as support
troop and supply concentrations HIMARS can move away from the area at high speed
following missile launch, before enemy forces are able to locate the launch
Because of its C-130 transportability, HIMARS can be deployed into areas
previously inaccessible to heavier launchers. It also incorporates the
self-loading, autonomous features that have made MLRS the premier rocket
artillery system in the world. HIMARS carries a single six-pack of MLRS rockets,
or one ATACMS missile. Its fire control system, electronics and communications
units are interchangeable with the existing MLRS M270A1 launcher, and the crew
and training are the same. HIMARS prototypes were successfully employed in
Operations Iraqi Freedom.
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