Infantry Weapons

US Army boosting artillery launcher numbers

27 December 2018

At a time when the Pentagon is looking for ways to beef up their current military capabilities to counter potential Russian aggressions, the US Army is moving along with plans to expand its fleet of artillery launchers.

In separate announcements posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 26 December, the service said it plans to purchase additional high-mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS), and expand and upgrade its Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Fleet.

For the HIMARS, the army plans to award Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control with full-rate production contract 10-14. The contract, covering a 12-month base with four option years, will cover the procurement of up to 343 new M142 HIMARS launchers and additional support.

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