It’s lean, mean and intellectually sound. Using cutting edge technology and global positioning system guidance, the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System can deal an effective blow to the opposition. Though a bit different from cannon artillery, the HIMARS is known to pack a wallop.
The HIMARS consists of a six-rocket pod, mounted on top of a 6×6 tactical truck. The trucks have the advantage of being C-130 transportable, giving Marines the ability to fly in some heavy firepower in a hurry.
Although each standard rocket tips the scales at nearly seven hundred pounds, the crew of three Marines can launch, reload and be ready to strike again with another six-pack of munitions in a matter of minutes. Fortunately cranes, attached to the launcher and the resupply vehicle, do most of the heavy lifting.
With a fully enclosed armored cab, the vehicle protects the crew of three who get to work, operating the Launcher-Loader Module as well as the fire control system that computes the fire mission data and provides video, keyboard control, and GPS information.
A fast, armored truck, loaded with rockets AND Marines is a force to be reckoned with.
// By Cpl. Joseph A. Cabrera
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