US Army demonstrates HIMARS capabilities in Estonia

By Defence Industry Europe

US Army recently conducted a live-fire exercise in Estonia, showcasing the M142 High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to NATO’s multinational troops. The event, held in late December at the Central Training Area near Camp Tapa, Estonia, served as a significant demonstration of HIMARS strike capabilities.

 

This exercise was particularly significant for the Estonian Defence Forces, as it offered them a firsthand look at the operational dynamics of the HIMARS systems they are set to acquire.

 

 

In December 2022, the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) inked a contract with the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for the procurement of six M142 HIMARS launchers. This deal also encompasses a diverse range of missiles, communication systems, training modules, logistics, and comprehensive life-cycle solutions. The first deliveries are anticipated to commence in 2024.

 

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The sale, approved by the US Department of State in July under the Foreign Military Sales program, includes an extensive arsenal. Estonia has requested up to 36 M30A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) pods, 36 M31A2 GMLRS unitary high-explosive missile pods, and various Extended-Range GMLRS pods, alongside 18 M57 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile pods.

Additionally, the package includes practice rocket pods, ruggedized laptops, training equipment, and other essential elements of program and logistic support.

 

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