Lockheed, Rheinmetall Unveil Global Mobile Artillery Rocket System

Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall have introduced the product of their year-long collaboration: the Global Mobile Artillery Rocket System (GMARS).

Unveiled at Eurosatory 2024 in Paris, the highly mobile missile artillery system leverages Rheinmetall’s renowned HX 8×8 truck and Lockheed’s two-pod multiple rocket launcher.

It can fire a variety of combat-proven weapons, such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) family of munitions, the long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), and the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).

It also boasts an integrated fire control system that helps provide precise fire support at distances exceeding 400 kilometers (248 miles).

Additionally, the GMARS utilizes a GPS-supported navigation system to ensure accuracy in both short- and long-range engagements.

“Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin joined forces in 2023 to combine their individual strengths and developed a GMARS as a solution for the growing demand for long-range rocket artillery,” Rheinmetall said.

‘Shoot-and-Scoot’ Capability

Among the most important features of the new rocket launcher is its “shoot-and-scoot capability,” which allows the system to quickly move away from the firing location to avoid counter-fire.

Weighing less than 40 tons, the GMARS can achieve a maximum speed of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour and range of 700 kilometers (434 miles) on roads.

This strategic mobility enhances the survivability of its two-person crew, according to Rheinmetall.

Any country that uses MLRS and the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) would not have difficulty absorbing the new weapon.

The developers said the GMARS could soon be able to fire surface-launch cruise missiles and 122-millimeter rockets thanks to its flexibility in supporting multi-domain operations.

At least four potential European customers are reportedly in discussions to acquire the system.

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