Romania conducts live firing exercise with HIMARS system

Source: U.S. Army, Defence Industry Europe

On January 17, the Romanian Armed Forces successfully conducted a live firing exercise using the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in collaboration with the U.S. Army’s 4th Security Forces Assistance Brigade (SFAB). The exercise, led by the Romanian 8th Field Artillery Brigade, was a significant step in enhancing readiness and interoperability among NATO allies.


U.S. Army Major Zachary Busenbark, commander of Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion, 4th SFAB and leader of the SFAB Field Artillery Advisor Team, emphasized the importance of interoperability with NATO forces and partner nations. “In Europe, the desire is for the maximization of interoperability to ensure we can train and fight together effectively as a combined team,” Busenbark stated.


The HIMARS launchers utilized by the Romanian Land Forces are advanced U.S. missile and rocket systems capable of firing both the Guided M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System and the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System. These systems boast impressive ranges, with the MLRS rocket reaching approximately 70 kilometers and the ATACMS up to 300 kilometers.



Busenbark highlighted the exercise’s focus on human, procedural, and technical interoperability domains, aiming to maximize team efficiency and lethality in potential coalition combat scenarios.

This exercise not only served to boost mission readiness but also prepared the soldiers for the upcoming NATO Combat Readiness Evaluation scheduled for the next year.

Task Force 82, from the 82nd Airborne Division, plays a pivotal role in assuring allies and partners, deterring adversaries, and reinforcing NATO security force assistance in the Black Sea region.



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