US troops in Germany fire HiMARS missile amid the Ukraine crisis

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BERLIN, ($1=0.91 Euros) — US troops in Germany conducted shooting training with artillery rockets amid the Ukraine crisis, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceTurk.

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US Army soldiers conducted the first live-fire test with High-Motion Artillery Rocket Systems [HiMARS] at the Grafenwoehr Training Field [GTA] in Germany on March 11, 2022, in support of the NATO Rapid Response Force. The first live-fire test was conducted with the 16 Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher Systems [MLRS], in conjunction with the US Army’s 1st Battalion and the 6th Field Artillery Regiment, which conducted Table XVIII battalion live fire.

According to the Pentagon statement, this is the largest live-fire test in the GTA in recent history, with 18 batteries firing simultaneously. The tests come amid increasing pressure on NATO to do more than provide aid to Ukraine, given the devastation wrought by the Russian invasion.

The issue came up at the NATO Ministerial Meeting held in Brussels yesterday by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Speaking on the subject, Stoltenberg said, “In the long term, we must reinvent our collective defense and deterrence. Today, we have tasked our military commanders to develop options in all areas such as land, air, sea, cyber and space.”

The HiMARS artillery rocket battery offers a flexible deterrent option for US and NATO forces, with the advantages of being smaller than a standard MLRS, fitting in a C-130, and being able to deploy, fire, and return to any airstrip in Europe.

In this context, the system was delivered to the 41st Field Artillery Regiment in Romania during the Rapid Falcon Exercise with the 352nd Special Operations Wing in November 2020 and was returned by the C-130 after firing. In addition, according to the statement made by NATO, the next live-fire test in the GTA will be held on March 24, 2022.

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