M142 HIMARS

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Product Type:

Rocket/Missile Launcher System

Using Service (US):

Army and Marine Corps (USMC)

Program Status:

Sustainment and upgrades.

Prime Contractor:

Lockheed Martin Corporation

The M142 HIMARS

About the HIMARS:





The Lockheed Martin M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a full spectrum, combat proven, all weather, 24/7 lethal and responsive, precision strike weapon system.

The HIMARS launcher is a C-130 transportable, wheeled, indirect fire, rocket/missile launcher capable of engaging a variety of targets while firing all rockets and missiles in the current and future Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) family of munitions and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) family of munitions. The HIMARS battery can fire six MLRS rockets or one ATACMS out to ranges of as much as 185 miles (300 km).

The two currently fielded MLRS rocket variants are the M30 GMLRS with Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions (DPICM) and the M31 GMLRS Unitary, a 200-pound class high explosive warhead. The M31 (the only variant currently being purchased by the U.S. military) integrates a multi-mode fuze and high explosive warhead, making it an all-weather, low collateral damage, precision strike rocket. It employs GPS/INS guidance and has small canards on the rocket nose to improve accuracy. The M31 has a range of over 43.5 miles (70 km). With over 2,100 rockets fired in support of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) by the Army, Marine Corps and United Kingdom, the M31 rocket demonstrated high effectiveness and low collateral damage while supporting troops in combat.

The HIMARS launcher has extensive commonality in both functionality and operational employment with the MLRS M270A1 tracked launcher used by the GMLRS. It consists of a Fire Control System, a carrier (FMTV 5-ton XM1140A1 automotive chassis) and a launcher-loader module that performs all operations necessary to complete a fire mission. HIMARS also satisfies the U.S. Army's digitization requirements by interfacing with the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) fire support command and control system.

HIMARS, as part of the Fires Brigade, provides fires that shape, shield and isolate the battle space and while using both precision GMLRS and ATACMS Unitary munitions, HIMARS provides close support fires for troops in contact in both open and urban terrain. The HIMARS provides U.S. and allied forces with a flexible and lethal rocket/missile capability. HIMARS units can be quickly tailored for centralized or decentralized execution throughout the entire battle space in support of ground forces.

HIMARS was initially fielded in May 2005. In 2007, the U.S. Marine Corps received its first HIMARS launchers. HIMARS has been deployed to both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by both U.S. Army and Marine Corps units. In September 2011, Lockheed Martin delivered the 400th HIMARS launcher to the U.S. Army. In January 2016, HIMARS reached one million operational hours and boasts a 99% operational readiness rate over the past 10 years.

The Army plans to extend the operational life of HIMARS and MLRS beyond FY 2050, which represents an approximate 20-year increase in the operational service life. Lockheed Martin manufactures the HIMARS chassis and launcher components in Camden, Arkansas.



HIMARS Production Forecast:

A 15-year HIMARS production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year HIMARS production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Ordnance & Munitions Forecast service.



Mission/Role:

To provide 24-hour ground-based, responsive General Support/General Support Reinforcing (GS/GSR) indirect fire, which accurately engages targets at long ranges (37+ miles/60+ km) with high volumes of lethal fire under all weather conditions throughout all phases of combat operations ashore - including irregular warfare and distributed operations.



FY 2017 & FY 2018 - HIMARS DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.




Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Lockheed Martin Corp.

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