The M142 HIMARS, produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, utilizes the same pod as the M270 MLRS uses.

This M142 HIMARS complex is 7m long, 2.4m wide, 3.2m high, and weighs 16.2 tons. It can reach a top speed of 85km/h, a range of 480km, with a crew of 3 members. The M142 can be transported by military transport aircraft, allowing it to reach combat zones quickly. The fire control system and the global positioning system (GPS) allow it to perform actions in either automatic or manual mode.

In combat, the command and control station transmits the target data over a secure data link to the computer. In just 16 seconds, the computer loads the target data into the launcher and quickly signals the crew to load and fire a programmed amount of ammunition.

M142 HIMARS
M142 HIMARS

As of October 2018, Lockheed Martin has delivered about 500 HIMARS launchers to the US Army and international customers. Currently M142 HIMARS is in the equipment of the US Armed Forces, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Poland, Romania, the Philippines… M142 HIMARS has fought in the battlefields of Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

With the deployment of the M142 HIMARS in Europe, the United States showed both Russia and its European allies that they were ready to preemptively strike any target at distances up to 300km. In the age of cruise missiles, attack drones, stealth fighters and other types of aircraft, artillery has not lost an important role on the battlefield. Self-propelled artilleries can fire and quickly move away from combat positions, making counterattack more difficult.

The US М142 HIMARS was successfully demonstrated in Romania with the new MGM-140В ATACMS Block 1A missile, capable of hitting targets at distances of up to 300km, close to the capabilities of tactical missile complexes.

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