American-made artillery rockets in service with the Romanian army

BUCKAREST, (BM) – The Romanian army will have new American artillery units at its disposal, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing several sources. Bucharest bought and already accepted the first M142 artillery rocket system delivered by Lockheed Martin.

American-made artillery rockets in service with the Romanian army
Photo credit: Army Recognition

Romanian sources claim that the new US artillery units will enter service in the 81st Tactical Operational Battalion. This battalion is locating in the eastern part of the country.

Romania ordered the rocket system nearly three years ago. A little later, in August 2017, the US State Department approved the sale. Thus, Bucharest will have to pay almost $ 1.25 billion.

In the coming years, Romania will expect to deliver more launchers from Lockheed Martin worth a total of $ 218 million.

High mobility

Lockheed Martin has made the artillery rocket system quite mobile. In the military, the M142 categorizes as a light multi-missile launcher.

According to the known technical documentation, one M142 rocket system carries six missiles. The rocket launcher can also launch an MGM-140 ATACMS missile.

The American missile system’s mobility is realized by a chassis manufactured by BAE Systems Mobility & Protection Systems. Since 2010, however, the M1140 has been manufactured by Oshkosh Corporation from their defense division. The rocket launch system is manufacturing by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control.

Such rocket systems are transported by the US military using the S-130 transport aircraft.

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