Aerospace and defense market report states that he surface-to-surface rocket-firing multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) is a highly mobile automated system. The MLRS is a free-flight artillery rocket weapon that significantly increases the conventional, indirect fire capacity. Counter-battery fire and suppression of enemy air defenses, light material, and manpower targets are provided by the system. According to Defense Markets, MLRS systems can enforce denial zones (A2/AD) in a consigned operational area. This enables commanders to maintain dominance on the battlefield.
In a few seconds, as per Aerospace and defense market report, the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system can launch up to six rockets or one missile. These rockets contain seekers that can latch onto an objective and track its movement using GPS or infrared sensors, boosting their ability to find and destroy the target. As per defense markets’ experts, the HIMARS can move long-range precision fires on an expeditionary advanced base while still using its long-range communication capabilities. Defense markets experts and specialists state that because of its modest weight, it is easily transportable. It may also be deployed from C-130 and bigger aircraft, allowing for quick and decisive action in frequently inaccessible and harsh environments. Lockheed Martin Corporation tested a long-range, high-precision ER GMLRS missile for HIMARS multiple rocket launchers. According to Aerospace and defense market report , the ER-guided multiple launch rocket system was fired from HIMARS and targeted targets at a distance of 59 kilometers. It was a short-range test to manage the flight path, range and accuracy, warhead lethality, and integration with HIMARS. This endeavor mimics the cumulative impacts that the ER GMLRS will encounter in the field between the factory and launch for the duration of the system’s life and proves the missile’s and launch pod container’s endurance. Defense markets specialists state that the complete operational preparedness of ER GMLRS missiles is expected only in 2025. Lockheed Martin has already manufactured over 60,000 GMLRS missiles and has been awarded a fresh contract for the production of over 9,000 additional GMLRS.
According to Aerospace and defense market report, the 9K58 Smerch 300mm multiple launch rocket system is designed to destroy troops, soft and hard-skinned targets, light armored vehicles, artillery systems, and missile systems. Smerch MLRS systems were recently modified with modern navigation and targeting systems. As per Aerospace and defense market report, the launch vehicle, transloader, rockets, training facilities, and arsenal equipment comprise the Smerch MLRS. Defense markets state that the Smerch system will be replaced by the Tornado-S MLRS, a new universal multiple rocket launcher. It is a considerable improvement to the Smerch MLRS, with better tactical and technological capabilities. Aerospace and defense market report suggest that the 9A52-4 Tornado multiple launch rocket systems is a new modernized variant with a lightweight launch vehicle that can carry six launch tubes instead of the conventional 12 tubes. The new armament system can carry two crew members and shoot 300mm rockets.
Defense markets news indicates that the People’s Liberation Army has conducted high-altitude tests of its most modern multiple launch rocket system (MRLS) PCL 191 to demonstrate its capacity to operate on the disputed mountainous border between China and India. The vehicle chassis is built on a 45-ton WS2400 8-wheeled vehicle chassis. According to Aerospace and defense report , the WS2400 is an 8-ton special heavy-duty vehicle developed and produced by Wanshan Special Vehicle and deployed as a transporter erector launcher (TEL) platform by the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China. According to Aerospace and defense market report , six launcher vehicles, numerous reloading vehicles, a command post vehicle, a meteorological survey vehicle, and several service support vehicles are part of the battery. Each launch cell can accommodate either five 300 mm or four 370 mm rockets.
The Pinaka MLRS was developed to replace the BM-21 Grad MLRS. India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) developed the indigenous Pinaka multiple launch rocket system, which is based on an 8-wheeled vehicle. Pinaka is a complete system that combines high-energy propulsion, a sub-munition warhead, a servo-controlled launcher structure, and a firing control computer. Defense markets suggest that the system has a maximum range of 40 kilometers for the Mark-I and 60 kilometers for the Mark-I improved version. In 44 seconds, it can launch a volley of 12 HE rockets. Tatra trucks are used to transport the system.
According to Aerospace and defense market report, the K239 Chunmoo was created to replace the outdated K136 Kooryong systems. The 130 mm rockets allowed the K136 systems to strike targets from 23 to 36 kilometers away, with the launcher holding 36 missiles in total. The K239 Chunmoo is a wheeled, self-propelled multiple rocket launch devices that can launch rockets of various sizes (130 mm, 227 mm, 239 mm). Defense markets indicate that it is also capable of launching tactical ballistic missiles. Two launch canisters are included with the launcher. Rockets in the K239 system can be equipped with HE-frag, incendiary, smoke, illuminating, cluster, anti-tank, or pre-fragmented warheads.
Poland will purchase 288 K239 Chunmoo launchers, each equipped with two 6-missile pods capable of firing HIMARS and M270 bombs. In addition, there is a substantial number of ammo for these multiple launch rocket systems. Aerospace and defense market report state that unlike the Korean versions, which are built on the Doosan DST K239L 88 chassis, the Polish systems will be built on the chassis of Polish Jelcz military trucks.
According to Aerospace and defense market report, Armenia has inked a government-to-government agreement with India to purchase Pinaka MLRS and ammo. Defense markets indicate that the transaction is said to be worth over $245 million.
According to Defense Markets, the US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $224 million contract modification for recapitalization work on a transportable autonomous system for firing surface-to-surface missiles. The contractor will redesign the Multiple Launch Rocket System to be compatible with the M270A2 family of launcher weapons platforms.