UK sends three more M270s and missiles for them to Ukraine

LONDON ($1=0.82 British Pounds) — The UK is doubling the number of M270 multiple rocket launchers provided to Ukraine. The country has reportedly already provided three launchers similar to the US HIMARS systems. They use the same missiles with a range of up to 80 kilometers.

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

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed in an interview with the BBC that the UK will now send three additional MLRS to Ukraine, as well as a “significant” number of the missiles they launch. According to him, this high-precision weapon is already helping Ukraine to destroy Russian logistics and command centers for the delivery of ammunition.

Wallace said this in Copenhagen, where he participated in an international conference with allies who have pledged to continue military and financial support for Ukraine. He said Britain was “very pleased” with the way Ukraine was using missile launchers already provided by the West. According to him, the Ukrainian forces have shown that they are much better at distinguishing which targets to hit in order not to quickly run out of ammunition.

Ben Wallace noted that this is part of Ukraine’s transition from using old Soviet-era weapons to more modern NATO weapons. Last month it became known that the first batch of M270 missile launchers had arrived in Ukraine.

At the beginning of June, it was reported that Britain would transfer to Ukraine missile complexes and a quantity of M31A1 ammunition for them. It was noted that Britain will send M270 launchers, which are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 80 kilometers with high accuracy. The Ukrainian military has received appropriate training in the UK to effectively use the transferred weapons.

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.

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 four wars: the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, Iraq and Ukraine war.

Bahrain upgrades its armored self-propelled M270 MLRS to M270A1
Photo credit: Wikipedia

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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