French Army Barkhane Force has deployed LRU MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems in Mali 12002162

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French Army Barkhane Force has deployed LRU MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems in Mali.
Since February 14, 2016, the French Army "Barkhane Force" which operates in Mali against Islamic terrorism in Africa has deployed three LRU (Lance- Roquette Unitaire - MLRS Multiple launch Rocket System) from the 1st Artillery Regiment of Belfort. This is the first operational deployment for this type of weapon since its entry into service in 2014.
     
Since February 14, 2016, the French Army "Barkhane Force" which operates in Mali against Islamic terrorism in Africa has deployed three LRU (Lance- Roquette Unitaire - MLRS Multiple launch Rocket System) from the 1st Artillery Regiment of Belfort. This is the first operational deployment for this type of weapon since its entry into service in 2014. French Army LRU 227mm (Lance- Roquette Unitaire - MLRS Multiple launch Rocket System) arrive Mali.
     
The arrival of the LRU will strengthen the fire support capabilities of the French troops deployed in the North of Mali. The LRU is similar to the American M270A1 which is an upgrade of the standard M270 227mm Multiple Launch Rocket System.

The LRU launcher appears identical to existing M270s while incorporating an Improved Fire Control System (IFCS) and an Improved Launcher Mechanical System (ILMS). M270A1 launchers feature improved survivability, reduced operating cost, increased munition options and GPS navigation.

The LRU MLRS uses a derivative chassis of the tracked armoured infanty fighting vehicle Bradley nammed M993. It can run at a maximum speed of 64 km/h with a maximum range of 483 km.

The LRU can fire the new M31 GMLRS-U (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System-Unitary) which provides the user with a capability to destroy critical point targets that require low collateral damage.

GMLRS has a range of 70 kilometers. The system incorporates a GPS-aided inertial guidance package integrated on a product-improved rocket body. Small canards on the guided rocket nose provide basic maneuverability and enhance the accuracy of the system. The GMLRS modular design facilitates future growth.

Guided Unitary integrates a 89 kg unitary warhead into the GMLRS giving battlefield commanders the ability to attack targets up to 70 kilometers away with high precision. This warhead has a trimode fuze which allows point, delay and proximity modes. This low cost/risk program greatly reduces collateral damage by providing a one round, one kill capability.
     
 

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