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Bahrain Seeks M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Upgrade

The US State Department has approved a potential $176 million foreign military sale of necessary services and equipment to upgrade Bahrain’s M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS).

As part of the proposal, nine Bahraini M270s will be reconfigured and converted into M270A1 variants, which will have improved fire control systems and launcher mechanical systems.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) also revealed that the upgrade would include the integration of an improved electronics distribution box and a 600 [hp] engine, as well as modifications of engine compartments.

The potential deal will also include the supply of spare parts, engineering support, integration and test support, software delivery, and related technical and logistics support services.

According to the announcement, the upgrade of the M270 MLRS would improve Bahrain’s capability to defend itself against current and future threats.

“Bahrain’s continued investment in its defensive capabilities is crucial to protecting its borders, energy infrastructure, and its residents, including over 15,000 US citizens and Naval personnel living and working in the country,” the DSCA said. “Bahrain will have no difficulty absorbing these upgraded MLRS into its armed forces.”

Lockheed Martin is expected to be the prime contractor for the potential agreement.

The M270 MLRS

Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, the M270 MLRS is a highly mobile rocket artillery system that fires surface-to-surface rockets.

Its crew of three (including the driver, gunner, and section chief) can reportedly fire up to 12 MLRS rockets in less than 60 seconds.

The system also maintains accuracy in all firing modes as the computer continually re-aims between rounds.

The upgraded variant of the M270A1 has been provided with additional capacity to accommodate complex munitions and modern computer electronics, such as onboard navigation with a global positioning system.

The M270 MLRS is currently in service with the armed forces of Bahrain, the US, the UK, and Germany, among other nations.

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