Watch the terrifying power of HIMARS with this footage from RIMPAC 2022
- HIMARS was showcased at the latest RIMPAC Event in Hawaii.
- RIMPAC is the largest maritime exercise and has been held every year since 1971.
- HIMARS was certainly one of the most impressive events this year.
In military tech news, the U.S. Marines have recently released a video showcasing their now famous High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). Fired during the recent Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) held at Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, on July 18, 2022, the video certainly demonstrates the system's capabilities quite effectively.
Watch it for yourself below.
According to the U.S. Marines, HIMARS can fire at a 186-miles (300-kilometer) target with 1-meter accuracy and is referred to as a "strategic fires" asset for Marine artillery.
RIMPAC runs from June 29 to August 4 each year on the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California with 26 nations, 38 ships, 3 submarines, 170 planes, and 25,000 soldiers. RIMPAC, the world's largest maritime exercise, provides a unique training opportunity while establishing and sustaining cooperative ties among participants.
The current event marks the 28th RIMPAC exercise since 1971.
HIMARS vital statistics
Empty weight: 29,800 pounds
Combat loaded weight: 35,800 pounds
Max speed: 94 km per hour
Max cruising range: 483 km
Ordnance options: All current and future MLRS rockets and ATACMS missiles
What is HIMARS?
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a combat-proven, all-weather, 24/7, lethal, and responsive wheeled precision attack system.
HIMARS is a C-130 air transportable wheeled launcher fitted on a 5-ton Medium Tactical Vehicles XM1140A1 truck chassis. HIMARS also has an armored crew cab designed to support a lethal, mobile, expeditionary force.
Each system launches MLRS Family of Munitions rockets and missiles, and can carry six Guided MLRS (GMLRS)/MLRS rockets or one ATACMS missile.
HIMARS supports early and forced entry expeditionary operations with destructive, suppressive, and counter-battery fires. When firing GMLRS-Unitary precision rockets, HIMARS can achieve ranges of 70+ kilometers, attacking the target with low collateral damage, enabling danger-close fires (within 200 meters) in support of friendly troops in contact, and engaging high-value point targets in open, urban, and complex environments. HIMARS and MLRS launchers are getting a common fire control system.
HIMARS, according to various sources, offers 24-hour, all-weather, close- and long-range precision rocket and missile fire support for joint forces, early-entry expeditionary forces, contingency forces, and field artillery brigades supporting BCTs. C-130 can quickly deploy HIMARS, boosting combat effectiveness.