GMARS ‘Shoot and Scoot’ Missile Launcher System

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Lockheed Martin and Rheinmetall unveiled their new missile launcher system called the GMARS (Global Mobile Artillery Rocket System) at the Eurosatory 2024 in Paris.

GMARS combines Rheinmetall’s highly rated HX 8×8 truck with two of Lockheed Martin’s two-pod multiple rocket launchers, is extremely mobile, and can carry and fire a variety of missiles, including the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) families of munitions, the long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), and the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).

Rheinmetall claims the GMAR is “precise and cost-effective on the modern battlefield, providing all-weather, 24/7, long-range precision fires.” The company further said about the collaboration to create the system: “Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin joined forces in 2023 to combine their strengths and developed GMARS as a solution for the growing demand for long-range rocket artillery. GMARS includes a 2-pod launcher capable of firing the MLRS Family of Munitions (MFOM) to achieve long ranges and high precision.”

According to Interesting Engineering, the GMARS has an integrated global positioning system (GPS) for navigation and enhanced accuracy and precision over short- and long ranges. Its latest integrated fire control also lets it provide precise fire support over distances of over 400 km.

The GMARS is 9.8 meters long and 2.5 meters wide, weighs less than 40 tons, can achieve a top speed of 100 kph, and has a range of 700 km. It was engineered to operate in all weather conditions and promises reliable and precise long-range accuracy – distinguishing it from other similar systems, like the US-made HIMARS.

One of the rocket launcher’s most important new features is its “shoot-and-scoot capability” that allows it to quickly move away from the firing location to avoid counter-fire. According to Rheinmetall, this strategic mobility improves the survivability of the vehicle’s two-person crew.

The companies also report that the GMARS may soon be able to launch surface-launch cruise missiles and 122-millimeter rockets, thus demonstrating its flexibility in supporting multi-domain operations.