Lockheed Martin to answer Long Range Rocket Artillery RFI (HOMAR Program) with the HIMARS

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MSPO 2014
International Defence Industry Exhibition

1 - 4 September 2014
Kielce, Poland
 
MSPO 2014 - Lockheed Martin HIMARS
 
 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 09:30 PM
 
Lockheed Martin to answer Long Range Rocket Artillery RFI (HOMAR Program) with the HIMARS
Army Recognition learned during MSPO 2014, the International Defense Exhibition currently taking place in Kielce, Poland, that an RFI is expected to be issued in the next month for the HOMAR program. The program consists in the procurement of long range artillery rocket systems (300 km) for the Polish Armed Forces. Procurement process should start next year.
     
Army Recognition learned during MSPO 2014, the International Defense Exhibition currently taking place in Kielce, Poland, that an RFI is expected to be issued in the next month for the HOMAR program. The program consists in the procurement of long range artillery rocket systems (300 km) for the Polish Armed Forces. Procurement process should start next year.
The HIMARS launcher would be fitted on a Jelcz 663.32 chassis, seen here in a howitzer configuration at MSPO 2014. Picture: Army Recognition
     

Army Recognition also learned that Lockheed Martin plans to answer the HOMAR RFI with its combat proven High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). For the Polish Armed Forces, the launcher would be fitted on a Jelcz 663.32 chassis.

HIMARS carries a single six-pack of MLRS rockets or one ATACMS missile. HIMARS is designed to launch the entire MLRS family of munitions:
» GMLRS – Alternate Warhead
» GMLRS – Unitary
» Reduced-Range Practice Rocket
» The future long range precision fire rocket
and all ATACMS variants.

HIMARS is currently in production since 2003.

     
Army Recognition learned during MSPO 2014, the International Defense Exhibition currently taking place in Kielce, Poland, that an RFI is expected to be issued in the next month for the HOMAR program. The program consists in the procurement of long range artillery rocket systems (300 km) for the Polish Armed Forces. Procurement process should start next year.
A HIMARS firing an ATACMS missile. Picture: Lockheed Martin
     
HIMARS and its ammunition: GMLRS and ATACMS are in a class of their own with unmatched performance according to Lockheed Martin. ATACMS is the only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile ever employed in combat by the U.S Army. More than 540 ATACMS have been fired, and the system has demonstrated extreme accuracy and reliability.

In addition to its unique range and precision, another advantage of the HIMARS system over its competitors is its impact on the logistics chain: The precision capability of the rockets allows the operator to neutralize the same target with far less ammunition: more than a 6 to 1 ratio. Such a ratio would shrink significantly the logistics chain of a user switching to HIMARS.
     
Army Recognition learned during MSPO 2014, the International Defense Exhibition currently taking place in Kielce, Poland, that an RFI is expected to be issued in the next month for the HOMAR program. The program consists in the procurement of long range artillery rocket systems (300 km) for the Polish Armed Forces. Procurement process should start next year.
HIMARS model on the Lockheed Martin stand at MSPO 2014. Picture: Army Recognition
     
The HIMARS is C130 transportable and unlike its competitors, HIMARS is ready to fire as soon as it gets out of the tactical transport airplane: It doesn’t require location calibration or stabilization of the chassis. The system requires a crew of only 3 soldiers, and in case of emergency an individual soldier would still be able to drive the system, conduct the fire mission and even load and unload the rocket pods on his own.
 

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