The British M270 will have a new engine, cabin and fire control system

WASHINGTON – The British Army plans to upgrade its M270A2 multiple launch surface-to-surface rocket system in the coming months. Lockheed Martin will supply new engines, improved armored cabins and a common fire control system, as well as improved transmissions and modernized system components.

Photo: Cpl Jamie Peters RLC

Upgrading Britain’s missile systems will cost around $224 million, and the money was committed at the time of award. As required, Lockheed Martin is expected to complete all upgrade work on the M270 MLRS by early Q2 2026.

The Royal Artillery has a total of 42 units of the M270 MLRS, which has already been upgraded from M270B1 to M270A1. This happened in 2015. Future upgrades to the M270A2 level will be made at Lockheed Martin facilities in Arizona and Texas.

About the M270 MLRS

M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System [M270 MLRS] is an American-made armored and self-propelled multiple rocket launcher. In 1983, he enlisted in the US Army. A total of 20 other countries around the world continue to have or have had this missile system. Production of the M270 MLRS was previously discontinued and has not been produced since 2003.

The new RM-70 122mm MLRS has been unveiled, firing 40 rockets per 30/sec
RM-270, Wikipedia

The M270 MLRS was designed in 1977 by Lockheed Martin. There are also units made in Europe by Diehl BGT Defense and Aérospatiale. It was part of three wars: the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq. There is no confirmed information, but Ukraine claims to have used the M270 MLRS in the war against Russia.

The system can fire 18 rockets in one minute – all 227mm caliber or 2 missiles in one minute. Depending on the modification of the projectile, the operational range of the system is different: from 32 to 70 km. However, the M270 MLRS can multiply the maximum damage range at least three times if it uses the ATACMS surface-to-surface missile [SSM]: then it strikes at a distance of 165-300 km. If used by Lockheed Martin Precision Strike Missile [PsM] M270 MLRS hits up to 499 km.

The M270 MLRS is powered by a Commins diesel engine. It provides the rocket launcher with 500 hp [373 kW]. 480 km is the maximum distance that the M270 MLRS travels with a full tank of fuel, and the maximum speed it can develop reaches 64 km/h [39.8 mph].


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