Artillery: June 18, 2002


The U.S. Army is buying 108 Guided MLRS rockets at a cost of $275,000 each. The Guided MLRS uses GPS, and a set of small powered fins, to achieve 10 meter accuracy (maximum distance from the aiming point) at ranges of up to 70 kilometers. These rockets are meant to use submunitions (either anti-personnel or anti-tank.) Britain, Italy, France and Germany contributed to the development of the Guided MLRS and will be buying thousands of the rockets. With improved accuracy, MLRS can provide rapid fire support, day or night and in all kinds of weather. While MLRS does not provide the "bunker busting" capability of GPS bombs, it is capable of breaking up enemy attacks or destroying enemy forces driving towards the combat zone. U.S. troops landed in the enemy rear area, UAVs, recon aircraft or even spy satellites can spot such enemy targets and any MLRS within 70 kilometers can destroy the target within 10-15 minutes (or less, as communications technology is improved.)


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