Original U.S. Cold War Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) XM447 Fuzes - Deactivated

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. This is a set of three original and totally inert deactivated Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) XM447 Fuzes offered in very good display condition.

The combat-proven multiple launch rocket system (MLRS 270) is a rocket artillery system manufactured by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The system is operational in the US Army, while Bahrain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the UK have fielded or ordered MLRS. The system has also been built in Europe by an international consortium of companies from France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

In January 2006, it was agreed that two batteries of MLRS (nine launchers a battery) were to be transferred from the Netherlands to Finland. The systems were delivered in February 2007.

MLRS was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March / April 2003. The US Army fielded the upgraded M270A1 launchers and the new ATACMS quick reaction unitary missile in February 2011, placing a $22.1m order for M270 launcher upgrade kits.

In May 2011, the Finnish Army placed a $45.3m order to upgrade its 22 M270 MLRS launchers. The upgrade enabled the launchers to fire precision GPS-guided munitions.
MLRS details

The multiple launch rocket system is a high-mobility automatic system based on an M270 weapons platform. MLRS fires surface-to-surface rockets and the army tactical missile system (ATACMS). Without leaving the cab, the crew of three (driver, gunner and section chief) can fire up to 12 MLRS rockets in fewer than 60 seconds.

The MLRS launcher unit comprises an M270 launcher loaded with 12 rockets, packaged in two six-rocket pods. The launcher, which is mounted on a stretched Bradley chassis, is a highly automated self-loading and self-aiming system. It contains a fire control computer that integrates the vehicle and rocket-launching operations.

The rockets can be fired individually or in ripples of two to 12. Accuracy is maintained in all firing modes because the computer re-aims the launcher between rounds.

The M270 MLRS can be readily transported to the area of operations, for example, by the C-5 transporter aircraft or by train. MLRS offers optimal cross-country mobility and a road speed of 64km/h.
Multiple launch rocket system tactical rocket warhead and munitions

The basic MLRS tactical rocket warhead contains 644 M77 munitions, which are dispensed above the target in mid-air. The dual-purpose bomblets are armed during freefall and a simple drag ribbon orients the bomblets for impact. Each MLRS launcher can deliver almost 8,000 munitions in fewer than 60 seconds at ranges exceeding 32km.

Other mission-oriented rockets include the extended-range (ER) rocket, the reduced-range practice rocket (RRPR) with a range of 8km to 15km, and the AT2, which dispenses 28 antitank mines a round. The extended-range rocket was first fielded in 1998 and carries 518 improved munitions in excess of 45km.
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