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M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a full spectrum, combat proven, all weather, 24/7 lethal and responsive, precision strike weapon system. It is a C-130 transportable, wheeled, indirect fire, rocket/missile launcher capable of engaging a variety of targets while firing all rockets and missiles in the current and future Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) family of munitions and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) family of munitions. The HIMARS launcher has extensive commonality in both functionality and operational employment with the M270A1 MLRS.
M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Copyright © Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, U.S. Marine Corps


In active service


Launcher manufactured by: Lockheed Martin
Vehicle manufactured by: BAE Systems


1 Driver
1 Gunner
1 Launcher Chief

Weapon systems

Launcher Module (6 rockets or 1 ATACMS missile)
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Length: 7 meters 22.97 feet
Width: 2.4 meters 7.87 feet
Height: 3.2 meters 10.5 feet
Maximum trench crossing: ~1 meter ~3.3 feet
Vertical obstacle: ~0.6 meters ~2 feet
Weight: ~10 900 kilograms 24 030 pounds
Power plant: one Caterpillar 3115 ATAAC 6.6-liter diesel engine
Performance: 290 horsepower
Maximum speed: ~85.3 kilometers per hour 53 miles per hour
Cruise range: ~480 kilometers 298 miles
Fording depth: 0.9 meters 2.95 feet
Reload time: ~5 minutes
Full salvo duration: ~25 seconds