U.S. MLRS will launch a swarm of “killers” of Russian S-400

U.S. MLRS will launch a swarm of "killers" of Russian S-400

The U.S. Long Range Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) combat vehicles High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) may be able to launch advanced Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) and other surface-to-surface missiles.

According to the U.S. publication, the U.S. Army “wants to explore proposals to load such PrSMs and other missiles with submunitions that can work together as a networked swarm.” The Drive writes that the corresponding launcher should be unmanned. The publication reminds that work on the creation of PrSM is carried out by Lockheed Martin Corporation, and its anti-ship derivative, known as Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile (LBASM), should be developed in the future.

In December 2019, Brigadier General John Rafferty said that in the European theater of hypothetical warfare, the PrSM surface-to-surface missile being developed for the U.S. Army would be a “killer” of Russian air defense systems (such as the S-400 Triumph), while in the Pacific the weapon would target Chinese warships.

In November 2020, Forbes magazine reported that the U.S. military redeployed two HIMARS combat vehicles to Romania as part of training maneuvers, then fired several missiles into the air and returned the units to Germany.

According to Defense News, the PrSM currently has a maximum range of 499 kilometers, but this figure can be increased to 550 kilometers because the United States and Russia are not bound by the Shorter and Intermediate-Range Missile Treaty.