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GMLRS rocket launcher

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System The Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), nicknamed the '70km Sniper', provides pinpoint accuracy delivering a 200lb high explosive warhead to its target, with twice the range of other artillery systems used by the British Army.

The Royal Artillery's newest long range precision land attack rocket is currently in use on operations in southern Afghanistan.

Deployed in several locations throughout Helmand province, the Global Positioning System (GPS) guided rockets contain the latest advanced computer technology giving them unsurpassed accuracy.

The GMLRS fires surface-to-surface rockets and the army tactical missile system (ATACMS). Without leaving the cab, the crew of three (driver, gunner and section chief) can fire up to 12 rockets in less than 60 seconds.

The GMLRS launcher unit is loaded with 12 rockets, packaged in two six-rocket pods. The launcher, which is mounted on a stretched Bradley chassis, is a highly automated self-loading and self-aiming system. It contains a fire control computer that integrates the vehicle and rocket-launching operations.

The rockets can be fired individually or in ripples of two to 12. Accuracy is maintained in all firing modes because the computer re-aims the launcher between rounds. 

The launcher easily copes with the harsh environment and challenging terrain found in southern Afghanistan and has been used to target enemy bunkers in southern Helmand. GMLRS is ideally suited to destroying this type of enemy position.

Length 6.85m
Height 2.59m
Width 2.97m
Rate of fire Rockets: 12 rounds/40 seconds ; Missiles: 2 rounds/10 seconds
Effective range 70km
Crew 3
Vehicle range 640km
Max speed 65kph
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin

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