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High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)

Last Revised: April 20, 2017, 9:08 am
  • High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
    U.S. Marines with Battery F, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, load rockets into a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket system (HIMAR) during 10th Marines Regimental Firing Exercise (REGFIREX) 1-17 on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 16, 2017. A HIMAR is a self-propelled artillery piece mounted on a 5-ton chassis with a rocket pod on the back that shoots rockets and missiles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Justin X. Toledo)
  • High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
    A U.S Marine with Fox Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, observes the weapons position during High Mobility Artillery Rocket System training on Range G-5, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 16, 2017. 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, conducted training with 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, during a recent exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Judith L. Harter)
Description: 

HIMARS is a C-5 transportable, wheeled, indirect fire, rocket/missile system capable of firing all current and future rockets and missiles in the Multiple-Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM). The HIMARS launcher consists of a fire control system, carrier (automotive platform), and launcher-loader module that performs all operations necessary to complete a fire mission. The basic system is defined as one launcher, one resupply vehicle, and two resupply trailers.   

Operational View: 
HIMARS Operational View
Operational Impact: 

HIMARS addresses an identified, critical warfighting deficiency in Marine Corps fire support. HIMARS employs the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket to provide precision fires in support of the MAGTF. HIMARS is a transformational, responsive, general-support/general-support reinforcing precision indirect fire weapon system that accurately engages targets at long ranges (in excess of 40 miles) with high volumes of lethal precision fires in all weather conditions and throughout all phases of combat operations ashore.

Program Milestone Status: 

Initial Operational Capacity (IOC) achieved on 9/20/2014.

Program Procurement: 
The HIMARS program is in the operations and support phase. The program continues to procure munitions in support of operations and sustainment.

Receiving Units

Related Parts:

Part Name Developer/Manufacturer Location Congressional District Electoral Votes
HIMARS Parts Lockheed Martin - Dallas Dallas, Texas District 30 38
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