Artillery types

UK plans to double its rocket artillery fleet: report

The UK plans to upgrade and double its fleet of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), Janes reportedquoting a British Army official.

The plan includes the acquisition of used M270 platforms currently in museums, or those kept as military guards, or in service with foreign nations, army technology reported.

MLRS Upgrade

The fleet expansion is part of the Army’s Joint Future Effects Capability project, which aims to upgrade the fleet of around 40 M270s for future challenges, the outlet added.

The five-year upgrade includes an improved armored cabin and automotive and launch mechanism components, allowing the Lockheed Martin platform to remain in service until 2050.

Extended reach by 2024

The upgrade will enable the system to fire the Extended Range Guided MLRS and Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), which are expected to be in service by 2024 and 2025, respectively.

The extended-range guided MLRS has a range of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles), while the PrSM can strike at a range of up to 499 kilometers (310 miles) from the current range of 80 kilometers (50 miles) .

The UK plans to fit the upgraded platform with indigenous parts such as composite rubber tracks, a vehicle camera and a radar system.

The first MLRS has already been sent for upgrade.