Eigne: Cummins VTA-90
Top speed: 64km/h
Total weight: ca.26 000kg armed
The development of the MLRS started in 1972 and in 1980 a contract was signed between the US army and Vought Corp (now Lockheed Martin) for the production of the weapon system. The chassis is based on the American Bradley armored personnel carrier. The system is autonomous and operated by a crew of 3. The idea was to support the traditional tube artillery and deliver larger amounts of firepower in a short time. Ammunition is delivered in a “pod” with 6 rockets, and the wagon has room for 2 pods. The system can fire 12 rockets in under 1 minute and charging takes approx. 9 minutes. A collaboration between the USA, Germany, Great Britain, France and Italy resulted in a European production of MLRS for these nations. In total, approx 1000 launchers for the system have been sold for 14 nations
The M26 is the most common ammunition and it contains 644 M-77 bomblets in each rocket. The AT-2 contains 28 tank mines. ATACMS is a long-range missile delivered from the MLRS. This contains only one rocket in each pod, and only the US army uses this. GMLRS precision guided missiles that can have different warheads
The acquisition of MLRS for the Army was started in 1994 and 6 vehicles were delivered in 1997 and 6 in 1998.
The first contingent of MLRS Btt in art/bn at Setermoen was trained in the autumn of 1998, and we have had a total of 6 launchers in daily use up to 2005 when they were put on Mob storage until a decision on the system’s further future.
Norway initially acquired only AT-2 ammunition and entered into a contract for the purchase of bomblet ammunition M26A1 which was to have a longer range with self-destruct on all bomblets. Problems with the development of the M26A1 meant that this procurement was terminated pending the approval of the SDF and the development of the GMLRS
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