Netherlands joins growing list of HIMARS customers
The US State Department has approved a possible FMS to the government of the Netherlands of High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and related equipment.
As part of the FMS, the Netherlands requested 20 launchers, various missile pods, 17 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and other equipment and vehicles. The total estimated cost of the FMS is $670 million.
The M142 HIMARS launcher can accommodate six Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets with a maximum range of approximately 70km or one MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System that can strike targets up to 300km away.
The Netherlands is just one of many countries which has sought to procure the HIMARS system after its success in Ukraine. At the start of this month, Poland began the process of acquiring 500 M142 HIMARS launchers worth an estimated $10 billion.
More from Land Warfare
US speeds up Abrams deliveries to Ukraine by switching to M1A1s
The US will deliver Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) to Ukraine faster than initially planned by switching from providing M1A2s to refurbished M1A1s.
Delivering advanced C4I at the tip of the spear (Sponsored)
Digitalising your dismounted troops comes with some key capability requirements for mission success.
Greece confirms amphibious assault vehicle plan with FMS request
Greece has moved ahead with plans to acquire a fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles from US Marine Corps surplus stocks.
Boxers join fight club with start of Australian production
Production of Australian-assembled Boxer 8x8 vehicles has commenced in Queensland, and the possibility even exists of exporting some back to Germany.
Beleaguered Ajax programme moves on with new, much later, in-service dates
The UK's Ajax armoured vehicle programme faces further delays, with platforms not entering service until 2025 and full operating capability not until 2028-29, causing concern for the British Army's modernisation plans.
Mobility and deception keeping Ukrainian air defence systems intact
Mobility and deception tactics have helped keep Ukrainian air defence systems stay online during Russia's invasion of the country.