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U.S. tests new missiles for HIMARS systems

U.S. tests new missiles for HIMARS systems New missiles for HIMARS systems are capable of hitting 150 kilometers (photo: Getty Images)

The United States has successfully conducted qualification tests of new missiles for the M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS systems, which are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 150 kilometers, reports the Lockheed Martin company.

The test was conducted at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. Missiles with alternative and unitary warheads were used.

ER GMLRS was tested at various distances, including a maximum range of 150 km.

In general, the tests have been ongoing for the past two years. They have repeatedly confirmed the ability of the new projectiles to integrate with the HIMARS launcher, as well as the range, trajectory, and accuracy of the kill.

Upon completion of the tests, the company will continue operational testing with the U.S. Army.

Modifications of ER GMLRS missiles

Today, there are the following GMLRS missile modifications:

GMLRS Unitary - has a unitary warhead weighing 200 pounds, which provides accurate engagement of point targets at a distance of more than 70 kilometers.

Alternative Warhead (AW) for Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) - The AW-guided munition for MLRS was the first munition developed to engage area targets without the effects of unexploded ordnance, which is consistent with U.S. Department of Defense policy and international conventions on the use of cluster munitions. The AW variant has a range of more than 70 kilometers and is equipped with a 200-pound high explosive warhead.

Extended Range Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (ER MLRS) - a new development of the GMLRS family, the ER GMLRS offers an extended range of up to 150 kilometers in all weather conditions. The projectile has common features with traditional GMLRS and can be deployed using HIMARS and MLRS M270 family launchers. The missiles have a larger engine and increased maneuverability due to tail control.

U.S. testing of new weapons samples

Just a few days ago, the United States successfully tested a modernized Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) missile defense system. It is capable of shooting down intermediate-range ballistic missiles against the backdrop of an increased threat from North Korea and Iran.

On December 9, the U.S. Army received the first batch of Precision Strike Missiles (PrSM), which are designed to replace ATACMS ballistic missiles.

In September, the United States tested the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The purpose of the launch was to demonstrate the combat capability of the U.S. nuclear forces, as well as the national nuclear deterrent.