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Australia shows unabashed interest in HIMARS

27th May 2022 - 03:36 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Australia seems intent on acquiring the HIMARS to meet its long-range fires requirement under Project Land 8113 Phase 1. (Gordon Arthur)

Australia intends to field long-range fires, and HIMARS could well end up being the weapon it selects.

On 26 May, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified a potential $385 million Foreign Military Sale to Canberra for the M142 HIMARS rocket artillery system.

Australia enquired about purchasing 20 HIMARS and a range of rocket pods for different types of weapons.

These include: 30 M30A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS); 30 Alternative Warhead (AW) pods with Insensitive Munitions Propulsion Systems (IMPS); 30 M31A2 GMLRS Unitary high-explosive pods with IMPS; 30 XM403 Extended Range GMLRS AW pods; 30 EM404 ER GMLRS Unitary pods; and ten M57 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS).

ATACMS has a 300km range, compared

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