What is the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)?

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Overview:

The United States recently announced an additional package of military aid to Ukraine, totalling $2.6 billion, which includes additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

About High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS):

  • It is a light multiple rocket launcher.
  • It is manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, a US-based security and aerospace company.
  • Features:
    • It is an air-transportable wheeled launcher mounted on 5-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).
    • It can fire six guided missiles in quick succession.
    • Himars fires GPS-guided missiles which can be more accurately targeted.
    • Range:
      • The missiles supplied to Ukraine have a range of up to 50 miles (80 km).
      • Himars can also fire a single Army Tactical Missile System missile, which has a range of 186 miles (300 km).

 


Q1) What is meant by artillery?

Artillery refers to large-caliber guns — guns with big barrels — which can be moved from one place to another for land battles. The artillery is also the name for the army unit that uses these big guns.

Source: US announces new $2.6 billion military aid package to Ukraine