US Marines conducted a firing of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from the deck of an amphibious transport dock, scoring a major extension of the land-based platform’s ability to function as naval artillery.
A detachment of Marines set up the vehicle-borne launch system on the flight deck of amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23). Programmed with information about the objective, suspected enemy air defenses, on a nearby island, the HIMARS launcher fired off a rocket destroying the target 70 kilometers away, USNI News reported.
The missile strike, coming during the biannual amphibious task force exercise Dawn Blitz off southern California, marked a big first for the Navy and the Marine Corps.
“The ability to project power from and at sea is critical,” Lt. Col. Tom Savage, operations officer with 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, told a small group of journalists at a briefing aboard USS Essex, the flagship for the exercise.
Senior officials have been looking at how the Marine Corps, which is historically focused on land based operations, can support the Navy at sea and bolster the amphibious force’s ability to obtain and maintain “sea control,” in areas of current and potential future operations.
HIMARS, a vehicle-launched rocket system first developed for the US Army, is a land-based precision weapons system the Marine Corps uses for fire support against artillery, armor and air defenses. Its GPS-guided munitions travel well beyond the reach of its field artillery cannons. It’s transportable by C-130 Hercules aircraft. Each crew has a launcher, resupply vehicle and two resupply trailers, mobility that allows crews to quickly set up, fire and relocate.
The sea-based experiment during Dawn Blitz, which runs Oct. 20 to 29 with I Marine Expeditionary Force and 3rd Fleet forces, marked the first time the self-contained, vehicle-launched rocket system has been fired from an amphibious ship.
Unlike the steady base on land, a ship at sea “is a launch platform that is basically moving in four dimensions – time, pitch, roll, yaw,” said O’Connor, a veteran surface warfare officer, said in a media roundtable aboard the Essex. So they worked with contractors to rework the targeting software to hit targets.
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Romania for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), army missile systems, armored vehicles and related equipment estimated to cost $1.25 billion
Lockheed Martin's Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary munitions have completed stockpile reliability tests. All rockets were launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the company announced Wednesday
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) Launchers and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $900 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas
USA has awarded $151 million contract to Lockheed Martin for HIMARS Lockheed Martin Corp was awarded on Dec. 22, 2009, a $151,166,292 contract
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Austin, Texas, was awarded on Sept. 30, 2009 a $27,074,390 contract
DALLAS --- Lockheed Martin has received contracts totaling $603 million from the U.S
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