The United Kingdom has launched a five-year program to upgrade the British Army’s M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). The project will begin next year with the installation of improved armored cabs on the first of 44 launcher vehicles, the British Army announced on its website last week. The British Army also aims to fit UK-specific systems to its improved launchers, including composite rubber tracks, a vehicle camera and a radar system.
"The upgrades will ensure that the army’s land deep fires capability remains strong for the next three decades and that the British Army has the technological capability to quickly meet the threats of today and tomorrow," the British Army said. "The upgrades will keep the equipment in service until 2050. The 44 updated launchers will also be able to fire the US Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), which has a range of 499 km and is expected in service from 2024." The PrSM is the proposed replacement for the US MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System.
"These weapons will place the British Army at the cutting edge of global deep fires capability, ready to respond to long-range air defence and missile threats presented by hostile actors," the Army said, adding that the Extended-Range Guided MLRS, which will extend its reach to 150 km, should be in Royal Artillery service by 2025.