AL TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 14, 2007) — What’s the biggest difference between your truck and theirs? For starters, a couple tons. But then, there’s the rockets. Theirs have rockets.
With the Corps’ new High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, the Marines of Battery F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, provide an alternative to conventional air support, which requires time for an aircraft to be prepared and deployed.
These Marines are reservists from Oklahoma. Here’s the HIMARS letting one loose:
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HIMARS can fire all current and future missiles that fall under the multiple launch rocket system munitions family. But with recent stability in the province, the battery hasn’t fired much at all. Lipka underscored the brightside of their slow business.
–Kind of like the fire department,” said Lipka. –Those guys spend a lot of time practicing to do their job. You hope you never need them, but when you do you’re sure glad you have them.”
HIMARS, basically an MLRS Lite, is being acquired by both the Marines and the Army. The UAE is also buying it. It seems that it would be a natural fit for armies looking to use the proven and growing MLRS program but don’t want or need the full-blown heavy systems.