Britain agreed with the United States on the transfer to Ukraine of the M270 multiple-launch rocket systems that can strike targets up to 70 km. Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said support for Ukraine would change as Russia’s tactics evolved, informs Reuters.
“These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities,” Wallace said in his statement.
U.S. President Joe Biden last week said Washington would supply Ukraine with M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, after he received assurances from Kyiv that it would not be used to hit targets inside Russian territory.
The U.S. Department of Defense said it was supplying Ukraine four M142 HIMARS systems to rain the military along with the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System that it said had a range of over 64 km.
Britain announced that Ukrainian troops would be trained on how to use the new launchers in Britain.
M270 is an American multiple-launch rocket system on a caterpillar base of Bradley infantry fighting vehicle manufactured by Vought which has been in service with the US Army since 1983.
M270 MLRS Specifications
Weight – 25 t
Lenght – 6.85 m
Width – 2.97 m
Height – 2.59 m
Crew – 3
Caliber – 227 mm
Number of missiles – 12×227 mm or 2×MGM-140 ATACMS
Fire rate – 18 shots/min
Effective firing range –32-70 km (missiles caliber 227 mm), up to 300 km (MGM-140 ATACMS) up to 499 km (Precision Strike Missile)
Powerplant – diesel Cummins
Power – 500 h/p
Range of movement – 480 km
Maximum speed – 64 km/h