GMLRS

#3
The US have been using it in Iraq since 2005, it is a unitary warhead rocket with a range of 70km, GPS guidance to c. 2m accuracy and destructive power roughly equivalent to a 155mm shell.

As M26 is now withdrawn it is the only rocket we have for MLRS. It will be deployed on Herrick in the near future.

XM31 GMLRS Unitary. In October 2004, the Commanding General of the MultiNational Corps Iraq (MNC-I) signed an urgent needs statement (UNS) asking for a longer range, indirect fire weapon that could be fired precisely into an urban environment with a low probability of collateral damage and, at the same time, leave no unexploded ordnance. In January 2005, Headquarters, Department of the Army directed a response to the UNS, resulting in a limited quantity of GMLRS unitary rockets' being sent to Iraq in June 2005. Although full-rate production of the GMLRS unitary is not anticipated until 2009, the PGM joined the fight in the CENTCOM theater last summer.

GMLRS unitary rocket can engage targets at ranges from 15 to 70 kilometers with two fuzing options: point detonating (PD) and delay. In the future, a proximity fuze mode will be added.

The target sets for GMLRS unitary consist of stationary targets including structures (buildings, bridges, reinforced bunkers, etc.), lightly armored vehicle arrays and personnel.

In an actual firing in the CENTCOM theater, a GMLRS unitary rocket delivered a single 200-pound class warhead that exploded a few milliseconds after it penetrated the roof of an Al Qaeda safe house. The M270A1 launcher that fired the single rocket was more than 60 kilometers away.

Although rockets traditionally have not been used in the close support role, the precision effects demonstrated by GMLRS unitary rockets is causing commanders and planners to re-think attack matrices. The range, limited collateral damage and accuracy of GMLRS unitary rockets lend themselves not only to shaping and counterstrike roles, but also to close support. GMLRS unitary can impact safely within 200 meters of friendly forces--sometimes even closer, depending on the circumstances.

Today, GMLRS unitary is the Army's only surface-fired, precision, longer range indirect fire munition available to troops in contact in an urban environment.
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-147749310.html

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/mlrs.html
 
#4
No Sub Munitions. HE warhead only, which at about 90Kg is approx 10 times more than a 155 HE.
 
#6
Sounds a great bit of kit for hitting known static targets but what if you want to annhilate a Motor Rifle Battalion spread out over a 1km grid square? Can anybody think of anything that would perform that role?
 
#7
EX_STAB said:
Sounds a great bit of kit for hitting known static targets but what if you want to annhilate a Motor Rifle Battalion spread out over a 1km grid square? Can anybody think of anything that would perform that role?
I Believe that it still as a proximity rocket that will do 250x250, but i am no expert.
 
#8
EX_STAB said:
Sounds a great bit of kit for hitting known static targets but what if you want to annhilate a Motor Rifle Battalion spread out over a 1km grid square? Can anybody think of anything that would perform that role?
Perhaps some sort of cluster sub-munition with little bombs in it? Ideally with a shaped charge to top-attack armour and softskins?
 

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