The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has commissioned the high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS), marking the operation of the first HIMARS battery as part of a networked force that includes other land platforms.

Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said that advancements in technology have enhanced the SAF’s capabilities and reduced the reliance on manpower.

“The successful induction of the HIMARS reflects well on the ability of the SAF to respond decisively to new challenges and changing circumstances in the operational environment,” Hen added.

HIMARS has been designed to launch the entire multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) family of munitions, providing the troops with precision fire power, enhanced mobility and advanced networking capabilities.

The rocket system carries a single pod of six guided MLRS M31 unitary rockets, which are 227mm surface-to-surface inertial guided and global positioning system-aided weapons.

The system is equipped with the battlefield management system (BMS) to connect with artillery headquarters and strike observer mission teams on the ground, as well as other air and land platforms.

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The weapon will be operated by Bravo battery, 23 SA artillery forces.