Finnish Army tests multiple launch rocket system GMLRS ammunition

25 November 2020 (Last Updated November 25th, 2020 15:44)

The Finnish Army has carried out test firing of the multiple launch rocket system ammunition to test its long-range fires readiness.

Finnish Army tests multiple launch rocket system GMLRS ammunition
The test firing was carried out in Rovajärvi Live Fire and exercise range. Credit: The Finnish Defence Forces.

The Finnish Army has carried out test firing of the multiple launch rocket system ammunition to test its long-range fires readiness.

It was conducted in the Rovajärvi Live Fire and training exercise range from 16 to 17 November.

Last month, the Finnish Defence Forces announced that it will carry out the Army Combined Joint Fires Exercise from 16 to 27 November.

The test firing was conducted to check the precision and effectiveness of the multiple launch rocket system Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rockets for point effects precision fire.

It also involved the validation of the GMLRS Alternative Warhead (AW) rockets for area effects.

The GLMRS Unitary rocket has a range of around 80km and explodes on target. However, the GMLRS AW are developed to service area targets and explode above the target without the unexploded ordinance effects.

Artillery Inspector colonel Pertti Holma said: “We have now validated the multiple launch rocket system capability by GMLRS rockets.

“We are capable of engaging area and point targets at increasingly long distances. We can be proud of our artillery system’s capability.”

The GMLRS ammunition and heavy rocket launcher system are manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

In 2016, Finland approved a proposal to procure munition for a heavy rocket launcher system under a foreign military sale from the US.

The Finnish Defence Forces also planned to procure night vision devices from local firm Senop to enhance its fighting capabilities in low light conditions.