According to a Marine Corps statement issued on Friday, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is the first to deploy the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from the East Coast.
The amphibious attack unit, regarded as a fast-response air-and-ground task force and garrisoned at Camp Lejeune, N.C., was assigned a HIMARS, a wheeled, multiple rocket launching system, in September 2020.
It can fire the entire Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions and is mounted on a standard Army M1140 five-ton truck frame. It can carry six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile and is mounted on a standard Army M1140 five-ton truck frame (MFOM).
The tank is manufactured by Oshkosh Corp.’s defence division, and the rocket launching system is manufactured by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control.
Instead of being embarked on naval vessels, HIMARS are a “theater-level asset” forward-deployed in the field of operations as used by the 24th MEU, according to a Marine Corps release.
“MEUs operate globally, year around as the Nation’s Force-in-Readiness,” said Col. Eric D. Cloutier, 24th MEU commanding officer. “As we lean into the future fight, expanding our reach and flexibility by utilizing platforms like HIMARS gives us the ability to facilitate maneuver and freedom-of-movement for friendly forces, and our allies and partners, while denying our adversaries the ability to do the same.”
The HIMARS device enables a squad to penetrate contested areas, attack objectives, and then leave without engaging the enemy.
Despite the fact that the U.S. Army and the U.S. HIMARS vehicles are used by Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, and Jordan, in addition to the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps’ 2021 deployment period marks the first time HIMARS will be used by an East Coast-based MEU.