The Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) is capable of producing precise, destructive and shaping fires against a variety of target sets. GMLRS is employed with the M270A1 upgraded MLRS tracked launcher and the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System wheeled launcher. GMLRS munitions have greater accuracy than ballistic rockets with a resulting higher probability of kill and reduced logistics footprint.
There are two fielded variants of the GMLRS: Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM), designed to service area targets; and the Unitary variant with a single 200-pound-class high-explosive charge to service point targets with low collateral damage. Production of the Alternative Warhead (AW) began in 2015. AW will service area and imprecisely located targets without the risk of unexploded ordinance in compliance with the 2008 DoD Policy on Cluster Munitions and Unintended Harm to Civilians.
The original GMLRS development was an international cooperative program with the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. More than 3,200 rockets have been used in overseas contingency operations through October 2015.
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER
GMLRS provides the warfighter the ability to engage both point and area targets with precision fires.
- Length: 3,937 mm
- Diameter: 227 mm
- Reliability: 92 percent (threshold) and 95 percent (objective)
- Range: 15 to 70-plus km