According to Gatis Kristovskis of Latvian News Agency on July 22, the Latvian Ministry of Defense received offers from potential suppliers of coastal defense missiles and inquired about the purchase of American missiles M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
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M142 HIMARS firing during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Fort Greely, Alaska on Oct. 22, 2020 (Image source: US Air Force/Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
Latvia inquired about the availability and prices of US-made products. M142 HIMARS system. It is a joint project of the Baltic countries, and the Ministry of Defense expects the United States to co-finance the project.
It should be recalled that, according to information published by the United States Department of Defense on July 15, 2022, the US State Department has made a decision approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Estonian government of M142 HIMARS and related equipment at an estimated cost of $500 million. The Estonian government has indeed requested to purchase up to six HIMARS M142 as well as up to thirty-six reciprocating warhead (AW) missile pods with insensitive munitions propulsion system (IMPS) and continuous frequency modulation. Wave – Directional Range Doppler Burst Height (HOB) Sensor Capability (FMCW-DDR).
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a lightweight multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the US military and mounted on a standard US Army M1140 truck chassis.
The M142 carries a canister with six GMLRS rockets or an ATACMS missile on the US Army’s new Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV) family five-ton truck, and can launch the entire multi-launch ordnance family (MFOM). M142 ammunition pods are interchangeable with the M270 MLRS; however, it is capable of carrying a single pod instead of the standard two for the M270 and its variants.
The launcher can be transported by a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft. The chassis was originally produced by BAE Systems Mobility & Protection Systems (formerly Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group Tactical Vehicle Systems Division), the original equipment manufacturer of FMTV. It was produced by Oshkosh Corporation from 2010 to 2017. The chassis and launch system are now produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control in Camden, Arkansas.