The PULS™ artillery rocket system is developed by Elbit Systems. Credit: Elbit Systems Ltd.
PULS can enhance the effectiveness, precision, and flexibility of artillery fire support in modern battlefield conditions. Credit: Elbit Systems Ltd.
The PULS™ system incorporates two specialised PODS capable of launching 18 Accular 122mm rockets, ten Accular 160mm rockets, four EXTRA, and two Predator Hawk rockets. Credit: Elbit Systems Ltd.

The Precise & Universal Launching System (PULS™) is an autonomous artillery rocket system developed by Israel-based defence electronics company Elbit Systems to meet the requirements of modern battlefield environments.

The PULS multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) offers an economically efficient solution for accurately launching a range of advanced rockets and missiles, ensuring precise targeting capabilities with optimal responsiveness.

PULS rocket artillery systems design and details

PULS is an advanced firing system that offers a comprehensive solution for the efficient management of firing missions, ensuring uninterrupted access to substantial and highly effective fire support regardless of prevailing weather conditions. It is fully adaptable to existing platforms, offering optimal firing flexibility without the need for modifications to the system.

The system offers a distinct advantage over conventional artillery systems as it eliminates the need to relocate artillery units to match the desired firing range. The versatile solution can launch a wide range of ammunition types from a single position, allowing for firing at distances up to 300km.

Rocket types suitable for PULS

The multi-purpose launcher incorporates two specialised PODS, each tailored for a specific type of rocket. The launcher can fire 18 Accular 122mm rockets, ten Accular 160mm rockets, four EXTRA rockets, and two Predator Hawk rockets.

A typical firing mission can be initiated and executed in less than a minute. The launcher was purposefully engineered to bridge the gaps between various artillery components, including means of fire, sensors, and command, control, communications, computers, & intelligence (C4I) systems.

Accular rockets details

Accular is a highly accurate guided artillery rocket to support ground forces, particularly in urban warfare scenarios where traditional artillery may be limited by terrain, distance, and accuracy.

It is equipped with a unitary penetration or controlled fragmentation warhead, which effectively counteracts artillery targets on the contemporary battlefield while minimising

The variant with a 122mm diameter is widely used in rocket artillery. It has a range of 35km and can carry a 20kg warhead. The variant with a 160mm diameter can hit a target at a range of 40km deploying a 35kg warhead.

EXTRA rockets

EXTRA is a long-range high-precision artillery rocket with a range of up to 150km and an accuracy of 10m CEP. It is a guided rocket that can accurately strike targets within a range of 30km to 150km, regardless of weather conditions, without relying on additional systems.

Its supersonic speed allows it to reach targets at 150km in less than five minutes, establishing it as a preferred option for precision strikes typically conducted by the Israeli Air Force. Equipped with a 120kg unitary warhead and two distinct types of warheads, including controlled fragmentation and penetration, the EXTRA rocket is an effective and precise choice for operations in urban landscapes.

Predator Hawk rockets

Predator Hawk is a long-range rocket for in-depth precision strikes capable of attacking and destroying high-priority targets at a range of up to 300km, with an accuracy of less than 10m CEP.

It is armed with an advanced 140kg unitary warhead and is effective against a wide range of high payoff targets across the tactical battlefield, such as command and communication centres, logistics sites headquarters, electronic warfare sites, and radar sites.

The rocket can accurately hit a target at a range of 50km to 300km, regardless of weather conditions and independent of additional systems. The highly responsive supersonic rocket can reach a 300km target in approximately eight minutes.

Light PULS system for special forces

Light PULS is a lightweight airborne rocket launcher system designed to help Special Forces operate in remote and high-risk battlefield environments. The system incorporates scoot-and-shoot capabilities, delivering swift, precise, and efficient fire support in operations demanding reliability, accuracy and mobility. It is particularly suitable for scenarios where the use of long-range missiles may not be cost-effective.

The compact system can be delivered by a C-130 Hercules or similar aircraft and can be mounted on light tactical vehicles. It can carry up to eight Accular 122mm guided precision rockets. It is equipped with advanced navigation and command and control systems and easily interfaces with external C4I systems. The launcher can get ready to fire in less than a minute from mission receipt.

PULS rocket artillery systems orders and deliveries

The Armed Forces of Morocco incorporated the PULS MLRS into its equipment inventory in May 2023. The launcher was incorporated into the Tatra all-terrain vehicles.

Elbit Systems was awarded a $133m contract to supply two batteries of PULS artillery rocket launcher systems, along with a comprehensive package of rockets and missiles to a European Nato member country in March 2023. The systems under the contract will be delivered and implemented in three years.

The company secured a $305m contract as part of the agreement between the Israeli and Dutch ministries of defence to supply PULS systems to the Royal Netherlands Army. The contract spans a duration of five years.

Elbit Systems will deliver 20 PULS systems, which will be integrated into the chosen COMMIT (previously DMO) truck platform. It will also provide rockets and missiles of different ranges, along with training and support services to ensure the effective utilisation of the systems, under the contract.