The Armed Forces of Ukraine received another western anti-aircraft MLRS compatible with M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS. This is the LRU MLRSб which was transferred by France. Together with the German MARS II this is already the fourthMLRS that can use the same high-precision GMLRS missiles that hit targets at a range of up to 92 km.
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksii Reznikov, announced the arrival of the LRU system in Ukraine.
The 4th brother in the Long Hand family, LRU from 🇨🇵, has arrived in 🇺🇦!#UAarmy now is even more powerful for deterring&destroying the enemy.
That is a visible result of friendship between @ZelenskyyUa and @EmmanuelMacron
Thank you to @SebLecornu, the government & people of 🇨🇵! pic.twitter.com/ENcsiOYJw9
— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) November 29, 2022
“The fourth brother in the Long Hand family, the French LRU, has arrived in Ukraine! Ukrainian army is now even more powerful in deterring and destroying the enemy. This is the visible result of the friendship between Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Emmanuel Macron. Thank you to Sébastien Lecornu (Minister of the French Armed Forces), the government and the people of France!” Oleksii Reznikov wrote on Twitter.
The transfer of two LRU systems was announced a week ago by the Minister of Defense of France, Sebastien Lecornu.
The LRU, like the German MARS II or the Italian MLRS-I, is a European modification of the M270A1 MLRS, which is equipped with the European EFCS fire control system from Airbus Defense and Space. The use of cluster munitions banned under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions is blocked in the EFCS. As of 2015, the French army had only 13 LRU MLRS.
Currently, the Armed Forces of Ukraine already have 15 M270 MLRS of various variants and 20 M142 HIMARS plus 18 HIMARS already in production which will be delivered later. In addition, an unspecified number of Turkish TRG-230 MLRS from ROKETSAN arrived in Ukraine, able to hit targets at a distance of up to 70 km.