Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $218 million contract to supply 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated hardware to Romania.
The contract, awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Redstone Arsenal (RSA) in Alabama, calls for the delivery of 18 HIMARS launchers by December 2020. The contract also includes associated training, spares and planned enhancement and product improvement modifications. The HIMARS vehicles will be produced from the ground up at Lockheed Martin’s Camden, Ark., Precision Fires Center of Excellence.
With this procurement, HIMARS is now in the inventories of four foreign customers.
The U.S. State Department approved the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 54 HIMARS launchers, worth $1.25 billion, to Romania in August 2017. In addition to 54 HIMARS launchers, Romania has requested 162 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) warheads, 54 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), 30 Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, and 24 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), in addition to 30 Humvees and logistics vehicles.
“The proposed sale of the HIMARS system will support Romania’s needs for its own self-defense and support NATO defense goals,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said at the time of approval.
M142 HIMARS is a lightweight mobile multiple rocket launcher mounted on a standard U.S. Army M1140 five-ton 6×6 FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) truck chassis.
The launcher can carry a single pod of six surface-to-surface artillery rockets or one MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile. It is able to fire the entire Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM) including Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets.
The launcher is transportable via C-130 Hercules or a larger aircraft for rapid deployment and can deliver an accurate, lethal, quick-strike munitions ranging from 15 to 300 kilometers..
HIMARS is basically the light, wheeled version of the tracked M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) which carry double the number of rockets/missiles in two pods.
The system consists of a launcher, two resupply vehicles (RSV) and two resupply trailers (RSTs). The RSV is a medium tactical vehicle truck with an on-board crane and secure radio communications. The RST is a standard M1095 five- ton trailer. Both the RSV and RST can carry two rocket or missile launch pods. The chassis – both M1140 launcher vehicle and M1084 Re-Supply Vehicle (RSV) – is produced by BAE Systems and the rocket launching system is produced by Lockheed Martin. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system.