17 October 2007

HIMARS for Singapore

It is not unexpected that the Malaysian procurement and deployment of the ASTROS-2 rocket launchers would lead to a similar purchase amongst the neighbouring nations. In this case, Singapore placed an order for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) earlier this year.

The exact composition of the Singaporean order was stated as:

18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) Launchers.

32 XM31 Unitary High Explosive GMLRS Pods. these have been used in the current Iraq war, where their sudden strike and GPS-guided ability to hit buildings and other hardened structures with their 196 pound single warhead have proven very useful. Each 6-rocket pod carries 227mm rockets with a range of about 60-70 km.

30 M28A1 Multiple Launcher Rocket Systems (MLRS) Practice Rocket Pods.

9 M1084A1 Family of Medium Truck Vehicles (FMTV); 5-Ton Trucks. FMTV trucks are also the basis for the HIMARS launchers.

1 M1089A1 Wrecker. the M1089 is an FMTV truck variant with towing and winching capability that can get a HIMARS vehicle out of trouble in case of treacherous sand, mud, making close friends with the local roadside ditch, etc.

35 VRC-990 Vehicular Radio Communications Sets.

45 VRC-950 Vehicular Radio Communications Sets.

35 VRC-92E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radios Systems (SINCGARS). SINCGARS is the current standard for US radio systems.


and other support equipment.

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