The first M270 MLRS have arrived in Ukraine

Military of Ukraine during the acquisition of the M270 MLRS in Great Britain. July 2022
Military of Ukraine during the acquisition of the M270 MLRS in Great Britain. July 2022
© Photo: Sky News
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: July 16 2022 at 08:29 am

The first batch of M270 multiple rocket launcher systems arrived in Ukraine. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, did not specify the number of delivered MLRS.

The first M270 MLRS have arrived, they will be good company for HIMARS on the battlefield. Thanks to our partners. There is no mercy for the enemy ," Oleksiy Reznikov wrote .

At the beginning of June, it became known that the United Kingdom will transfer M270 missile systems and a significant amount of M31A1 ammunition to Ukraine.

It was noted that Britain will send M270 launchers, which are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 80 kilometers with high accuracy.

The M270 MLRS, which was used to train the Ukrainian military in Great Britain
The M270 MLRS, which was used to train the Ukrainian military in Great Britain. July 2022. Still from a video from Sky News

The weapon should help Ukraine defend itself against full-scale Russian aggression.

Ukrainian military personnel undergo appropriate training in Great Britain in order to effectively use the transferred weapons.

Norway and Great Britain are also cooperating on providing Ukraine with long-range rocket artillery.

The countries agreed that Great Britain will receive Norwegian systems of this weapon to compensate for the number of MLRS that will be sent by the British to Ukraine.

In the message of the government of Norway, it was specified that we are talking about the transfer of three units of anti-aircraft missiles. It is known that 12 of these MLRS are currently in storage in Norway.

Norway's M270 MLRS
Norway's M270 MLRS. Photo from open sources

The M270 rocket salvo fire system is a battle-proven 227 mm artillery installation manufactured by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The M270 anti-aircraft missile system is designed to carry out, at any time of the day and under different weather conditions, combat tasks of defeating and destroying from closed firing positions the areas of concentration of troops and combat equipment, the positions of the enemy’s barrel and rocket artillery, the areas of deployment of its forces and air defense means, cargo cars, lightly armored armored personnel carriers, as well as command posts, communication nodes and other plane targets.

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