A tranche of M270 weapon systems will be gifted to Ukraine to complement the United States’ HMARS delivery.
The UK Ministry of Defence has announced additional military support for Ukraine’s resistance against Russian aggression, revealing it would supply M270 multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) and M31A1 munitions.
The MLRS is billed as a highly mobile automatic system, firing surface-to-surface rockets from the M270 family of launcher weapons platforms that can be launched in less than one minute by a three-man crew.
M270 systems, which have a range of up to 80 kilometres, can fire:
- 12 Guided MLRS (GMLRS) or Extended Range (ER) GMLRS rockets;
- four Precision Strike Missiles (PrSM); or
- two Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).
This is a response to Ukraine’s request for longer range precision weapons to bolster their defences against heavy artillery from the Russian military in the eastern Donbas region.
“The UK stands with Ukraine in this fight and is taking a leading role in supplying its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need to defend their country from unprovoked invasion,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.
“If the international community continues its support, I believe Ukraine can win.