Netherlands to Acquire HIMARS
The Netherlands has requested a possible purchase of 20 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers; 39 M30A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead (AW) Missile Pods with Insensitive Munitions Propulsion System (IMPS); 38 M31A2 GMLRS Unitary (GMLRS-U) High Explosive (HE) Missile Pods with IMPS; 80 M57 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Missile Pods; and seventeen 17 M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs). Also included are M28A2 Reduced Range Practice Rocket (RRPR) pods; radios with similar “SINCGARS” capability, including vehicular dual long-range radio systems w/GPS; single radio, long-range vehicular system w/GPS; High Frequency/VHF radios; M1084A2 cargo trucks, Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) Resupply Vehicles (RSVs); M1089A2 wrecker truck, FMTVs; M1095 5-ton trailer FMTVs; Simple Key Loaders (SKLs), AN/PYQ-10; Defense Advanced Global Positioning System Receivers (DAGRs).
The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Grand Prairie, TX.
The M-142 HIMARS is a wheeled variant developed from the MLRS M-270. The system has advantages on the battlefield. Its lightness provides tactical mobility. It can be transported aboard C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and fire different types of ammunition from the same launch vehicle.