War Preparation: Romania Orders $1 Billion Of U.S. HIMARS Missile Launchers

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 02/20/2018

Romania’s commitment to increase its defense budget to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) target of 2 percent of GDP has spurred the government to approve a $1 billion purchase of American-made M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System).

Defence Minister Mihai Fifor told Jane’s that the HIMARS system would “improve Romania’s national and allied defense capability” and emphasized that Romania’s commitment to the 2 percent of GDP target “for the next 10 years is strong”.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said, “We want those procurement programmes to also strengthen our defense industry based on offset arrangements where possible.”

In September 2017, the U.S. State Department approved Romania’s application to acquire HIMARS and other support related-equipment totaling some $1.25 billion. According to Army Recognition, a global defense security technology publication describes the impressive list of what Romania will receive from the Pentagon:

The Government of Romania has requested the possible sale of fifty-four (54) High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) Launchers, eighty-one (81) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary, eighty-one (81) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) M30A1 Alternative Warhead, and fifty-four (54) Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) M57 Unitary.

Also included with this request are: fifty-four (54) M1084A1P2 HIMARS Resupply Vehicles (RSVs) (5 ton, Medium Tactical Cargo Vehicle with Material Handling Equipment), fifty-four (54) M1095 MTV Cargo Trailer with RSV kit, and ten (10) M1089A1P2 FMTV Wreckers (5 Ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Wrecker with Winch), thirty (30) Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, support equipment, communications equipment, sensors, spare and repair parts, test sets, batteries, laptop computers, publications and technical data, facility design, training and training equipment, systems integration support, Quality Assurance Teams and a Technical Assistance Fielding Team, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The M142 HIMARS carries six rockets, or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile mounted on a 6×6 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) five-ton truck chassis. Lockheed Martin designed the HIMARS to be as small as possible, with the ability to ‘shoot-and-scoot.’

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