The first batch of multi-launch M270 missiles has arrived in Poland to ensure a continuous presence in Eastern Europe.
According to the Baltic Security Report, the 1st Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery Brigade, Arkansas National Guard, equipped with the M270 multiple missile system, was deployed in the Drawsko Pomorskie training area, Polish flag, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is a highly mobile, automated system that fires missiles and rockets from surface to surface from the M270 platform. From inside the cabin, the three-person crew can fire up to 12 MLRS missiles or two tactical missiles.
The MLRS launcher unit consists of an M270 launcher loaded with 12 missiles and packaged in two six-missile pods or two pods for MGM-140 ATACMS surface-to-surface missiles. The launcher is mounted on a stretched Bradley chassis and is a highly automated self-loading and self-aiming system.
Without leaving the cabin, the three-person crew: driver, gunner and head of department can fire up to 12 MLRS missiles in less than 60 seconds.
Atlantic Resolve was launched in 2014. Rotational workers have been training in Europe since then. Up to 6,000 soldiers take part in this exercise in 17 countries. This is a multinational training event aimed at strengthening relations between Poland, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and the United States.
U.S. Army’s support for the Atlantic Resolve mission, made possible by the European Deterrent Initiative, consists of approximately 6,000 soldiers assigned to armored, aerospace and logistical forces from a divisional headquarters (Forward) based in Poznan, Poland , be monitored. Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard units move their vehicles and equipment from the US for nine months each. These heel-to-toe inserts ensure the U.S. Army armed forces maintain a consistent, battle-tested presence to prevent aggression in the area. The deployment of combat-worthy US forces in Europe is evidence of the US’s strong and relentless commitment to NATO and Europe.
🇺🇸 1st Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery Brigade, Arkansas National Guard @arkansasguard, armed with M270 MLRS, was deployed to the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, in support of Operation #AtlanticResolve as part of Task Force #IronHorse. pic.twitter.com/VZhj5SmYfp
– Baltic Security (@balt_security) December 3, 2020