HIMARS

Notes: HIMARS (High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a light rocket launcher mounted on an M-1083 MTV 5-ton truck chassis. The rocket launcher uses one module of the same rockets as the MLRS, on a lightweight launcher assembly. The system was designed to be transported aboard C-130 aircraft, or sling loaded below heavy-lift helicopters. The fire control computers, command and control system, and launcher module are all the same as on the MLRS, but the entire system is much lighter. The system may also fire a single ATACMS missile instead of a normal MLRS pod. This vehicle is still officially under evaluation by the US Army.

Twilight 2000 Notes: This weapon system was deployed to the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions in early 1997, as well as to some light infantry divisions and separate brigades.

Merc 2000 Notes: By 2012, deployment of the HIMARS began to exceed that of the MLRS.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

MLRS

$63,011

D, A

500 kg

19.61 tons

3

7

Headlights

Open

ATACMS

$189,033

D, A

500 kg

14.57 tons

3

7

Headlights

Open

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

(Both)

142/85

33/19

300

117

Stnd

W(3)

HF1 HS1 HR1

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

MLRS

None

None

6-Round 227mm Rocket Launcher

6x227mm Rockets

ATACMS

None

None

1-round ATACMS Missile Launcher

1xATACMS Missile

M-993 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System)

Notes: When this vehicle entered US Army service in 1983, it was the first multiple rocket launcher used by the US military since the late 1950s. 12 other countries around the world, mainly in NATO armies, also used it. It is mounted on a lengthened Bradley chassis, and carries a pod with twelve 227mm rockets. The barrage of rockets was known in the US Army as a "Grid Square Weapon," able to bombard an entire 1000x1000 meter 4-digit grid square found on NATO military maps with one pod of rockets. The basic HE rocket was used with great success in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The MLRS is normally resupplied from modified M-648 logistics carriers or special trailers towed by HEMTT trucks. The M-993 is capable of operating without the assistance of an FDC, needing only coordinates from a FIST team, and able to fire accurately within 30 seconds (6 phases) of a halt.

The ATACMS (Army TACtical Missile System) is a large, guided rocket that has more range and precision than the MLRS. The ATACMS can be fired from any MLRS vehicle, from a two-missile box. The ATACMS is fired using Average: Heavy Artillery at a +4 modifier, or may be fired using Easy: Guided Weapon skill. This launcher is used only by the US, Greece, South Korea, and Turkey.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

MLRS

$117,462

D, A

300 kg

25.19 tons

3

12

Headlights

Shielded

ATACMS

$352,385

D, A

300 kf

22 tons

3

12

Headlights

Shielded

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

(Both)

135/95

30/20

617

180

Stnd

T3

HF1 HS1 HR1

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

MLRS

None

None

12-Round 227mm Rocket Launcher

12x227mm Rockets

ATACMS

None

None

2xATACMS Missile Launchers

2xATACMS Missiles