Norway transfers obsolete M270s to the UK, an upgrade is needed

OSLO ($1=9.88 Norwegian Krones) — Ukraine will receive M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System [MLRS]. This was announced by the Norwegian government. Norway and the United Kingdom are working together to provide Ukraine with long-range rocket artillery.

Norway transfers obsolete M270s to the UK, an upgrade is needed
Photo credit: ØYVIND BYE SKILLE / NRK

“We must continue to support Ukraine so that they can continue their struggle for freedom and independence. We need more weapons, which is a very popular potential for Ukraine, which we would not have achieved without working closely with the United Kingdom,” said Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram.

There are numerous missile launchers in Norway. The parties agreed that the United Kingdom would receive Norwegian weapons systems to offset the number of MLRS that would be sent by the British to Ukraine. This is a weapon that has range and accuracy and therefore makes a significant contribution.

“Our [Norwegian] weapons need significant modernization, so we agreed with the British that they would receive Norwegian weapons so that they could send part of their MLRS to Ukraine,” Minister Gram explained.

The announcement of the government of this country specifies that it is a question of transfer of three units of MLRS. According to the head of the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, this is an example of good cooperation between the allies. It is known that the armed forces currently have 12 MLRS M270.

About M270 MLRS

M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System [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.

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.

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

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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