British M270 MLRS to get a new engine, cab and fire control system

WASHINGTON — The UK Army plans to upgrade its multi-launch ground-to-ground rocket system M270A2 in the coming months. Lockheed Martin will provide new engines, improved armored cabins, and a common fire control system, as well as enhanced transmissions and modernized system components.

British M270 MLRS to get a new engine, armored cab, control system
Photo: Cpl Jamie Peters RLC

The modernization of the British missile systems will cost approximately $224 million, and the money were obligated at the time of the award. As required, Lockheed Martin will have to complete all work on upgrading the M270 MLRS in the early second quarter of 2026.

The Royal Artillery has a total of 42 units of the M270 MLRS, which has already been upgraded from M270B1 to M270A1. This happened in 2015. Upcoming upgrades to the M270A2 level will be carried out at Lockheed Martin’s facilities in Arizona and Texas.

About M270 MLRS

M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System [M270 MLRS] is an American-made armored, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher. In 1983 he enlisted in the United States Army. A total of 20 other countries around the world continue to have or have had this missile system. Production of the M270 MLRS has already been discontinued and has not been produced since 2003.

New RM-70 122mm MLRS was unveiled, firing 40 rockets per 30/sec
RM-270, Wikipedia

The M270 MLRS was designed in 1977 by Lockheed Martin. There are also units manufactured in Europe by Diehl BGT Defense and Aérospatiale. It registered in three wars: the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, and Iraq. There is no confirmed information, but Ukraine claims to have used the M270 MLRS in the war against Russia.

The system can fire 18 rockets in a minute – all 227mm caliber or 2 missiles in a minute. Depending on the modification of the projectile, the operational range of the system is different: from 32 to 70 km. However, the M270 MLRS can multiply the maximum range of damage at least three times if it uses the ATACMS surface-to-surface missile [SSM]: then it strikes at a distance of 165 to 300 km. If used by Lockheed Martin Precision Strike Missile [PsM] M270 MLRS strikes up to 499 km.

The M270 MLRS is powered by a Commins diesel engine. It provides the rocket launcher with 500 hp [373 kW]. 480 km is the maximum distance that the M270 MLRS travels with a fuel tank to the top, and the maximum speed it can develop reaches 64 km / h [39.8 mph].


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