The Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) M270A1 is a full-spectrum, combat-proven, all-weather, 24/7 lethal and responsive, tracked precision strike weapon system organic or assigned to Field Artillery Brigades. The M270A1 program consists of a modified M993A1 Bradley Carrier mounted with the M269 Launcher Loader Module. It will launch all MLRS Family of Munitions (MFOM) rockets and missiles.
The MLRS carries two launch pods, each containing either six Guided MLRS (GMLRS)/MLRS rockets or one Army Tactical Missile System missile. When firing GMLRS-Unitary precision rockets, MLRS can achieve ranges of 70-plus kilometers, attacking the target with low-collateral damage, enabling danger-close fires (within 200 meters) in support of friendly troops in contact, as well as engaging high-valued point targets in open, urban and complex environments. Development efforts include the Improved Armored Cab for enhanced crew survivability and establishing a Common Fire Control System between MLRS and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System M142 launcher. The Army Fleet Expansion effort plans to increase the MLRS fleet.
BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER
The MLRS Launcher provides 24-hour, all-weather, lethal, close- and long-range precision rocket and missile fire support for joint forces, early-entry expeditionary forces, contingency forces and Field Artillery Brigades supporting Brigade Combat Teams.
- Empty weight: 45,086 pounds
- Combat weight: 57,544 pounds
- Maximum speed: 65 kph
- Maximum cruising range: 640 km
- Ordnance options: All current and future MFOM rockets and missiles
1QFY17: Army instructs Project Manager to develop expansion plan
3QFY17: 16 MLRS launchers – European Deterrence Initiative (EDI)
1QFY18: 16 MLRS launchers – EDI
3QFY18: Approved Fleet Expansion Acquisition Plan
- Release Fleet Expansion Request for Proposal (Sole Source)
- Improved Armored Cab Production Contract Award
3QFY19: Production Contract Award – Fleet Expansion
4QFY21: Production start – Common Fire Control System
1QFY22: M270A2 First Unit Equipped