MARS 2 rocket launcher

MLRS IMPROVED - MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM

Rapid and precise effect for the engaging of objectives and targets within the framework of networked operations and in operational firefights.

MARS II/MLRS-E – Medium Artillery Rocket System

The MARS II/MLRS-E rocket launcher unites maximum precision with long range. This artillery system is the advancement of the basic MLRS system, which was developed by the partner nations Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the USA and Italy in the early 1980s and introduced in the US armed forces in 1983.

MARS 2 rocket launcher
Circle

Armoured driver’s cab

The driver’s cab provides space for a crew of three.

Circle

Proven drive unit

High-torque engine with 368 kW

Circle

High mobility

Integrated and battle-proven chassis

Circle

High laying speed

In the upgrade version for Germany, Italy and France, the hydraulically driven laying drives were converted to electric laying drives (ELDS). This enables much faster laying.

Circle

High firepower

The carriage fires 12 unguided 230mm rockets in approx. 60 seconds. The newly integrated European Fire Control System EFCS additionally enables guided missiles (GMLRS) to be fired.

Armoured driver’s cab

The driver’s cab provides space for a crew of three.

Proven drive unit

High-torque engine with 368 kW

High mobility

Integrated and battle-proven chassis

High laying speed

In the upgrade version for Germany, Italy and France, the hydraulically driven laying drives were converted to electric laying drives (ELDS). This enables much faster laying.

High firepower

The carriage fires 12 unguided 230mm rockets in approx. 60 seconds. The newly integrated European Fire Control System EFCS additionally enables guided missiles (GMLRS) to be fired.

Facts about the MARS II/MLRS-E

In service with artillery troops for over 25 years

The MLRS has been in use in Germany since 1990 under the designation MARS – Medium Artillery Rocket System.

During networked operating command, the MARS was an effective partner for engaging area targets in conflict scenarios in general and operative fire missions. MARS can fire different types of ammunition at individual targets over distances of 10 to 40 km.

MARS II/MLRS-E and the new GMLRS (Guided Multiple-Launch Rocket System): The development and procurement of modern GMLRS rockets required upgrades to the MLRS launcher, which now bears the name MARS II/MLRS-E. MARS II/MLRS-E in combination with GMLRS enables the high-precision engagement of point and individual targets (artillery sniper weapon).

In cooperation with various European partners, KMW upgraded and modernised the MLRS for several nations:

  • Germany: from MARS to MARS II/MLRS-E
  • Italy: from MLRS to MLRS Improved
  • France: from MLRS to Lance Roquette Unitaire (LRU)

Further information

Individual upgrade measures

  1. Integration in the European Fire Control System (EFCS) with the additional function of firing guided GMLRS rockets.
  2. Replacement of the obsolescent hydraulic laying drives by an electric laying system (Electrical Launch Drive System – ELDS) developed by KMW, which enables rapid laying and reduces maintenance and repair effort as compared to the hydraulic system.
  3. Installation of a fully automatic halon and CFC-free fire extinguishing system which uses nitrogen as the extinguishing agent for the engine compartment. It enables automatic fire monitoring and fighting, even up to 24 hours after the MARS II/MLRS-E launcher has been shut down. This retrofit package is –unlike the other two upgrade measures – currently only used in Germany and Italy.
  4. The MARS II/MLRS-E system is prepared for further future capability expansions.
MARS 2 rocket launcher

Performance characteristics

In addition to unguided rockets, the EFCS fire control system of the MARS II/MLRS-E – can currently fire the two GMLRS variants UNITARY (warhead) and SMArt (Sensor-fused Munition Artillery). Further GMLRS munitions types are currently in development.

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Length

6.97 m

Width

2.94 m

Height

2.59 m

Total weight

26.6 t

Main armament

1 rocket launcher with 12 launch tubes

Rate of fire

12 rockets in approx. 60 sec.

Combat range

> 70 km (GMLRS)

Crew

3 persons

Engine performance

368 kW

The MARS II/MLRS-E together with the guided GMLRS UNITARY artillery rocket forms a system which, with its outstanding range of over 70 km, completes tasks with the necessary precision and desired effect under any operating conditions.

  • Firepower: High rates of fire (12 rockets in approx. 60 sec.) with numerous types of rockets and target-dependent, optimised submunitions.
  • Versatility: Wide usage spectrum thanks to broad bandwidth of ammunition with ranges of over 70 km
  • Mobility: Excellent mobility with long range and rapid relocation capability (shoot and scoot).
  • Expandability: The system is configured for future ammunition types and capacity expansions.

In service with artillery troops for over 25 years

MARS II/MLRS-E in pictures

The MARS II/MLRS-E in various mission scenarios.

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