|M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System|
The commander's personal shotgun
|Class||Multiple Rocket Launcher Vehicle|
|Armor||Front 1 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Fuel Capacity||1000 L|
|Operational Range||500 km|
Like most heavy rocket artillery, this unit has a long reload and aiming times but they more than just make up by their ability to knock out anything with reasonable consistency. It is best used to fire on enemy fortified areas such as urban areas and enemy sectors before storming the position. Unlike artillery, it boasts a large array of firepower and can fire them much faster, allowing for solid suppression against hostiles. It is balanced in that the missiles are much less accurate.
The MLRS is a rocket artillery the only one available to the NATO. It is usually used to destroy, stun or rout enemy heavy tanks, SAMs, other artillery or tank destroyers. Since they are expensive they should be repositioned after firing a volley to avoid a counter attack by the enemy artillery. It is advised to use recon units or choppers to correct the MLRS shots. The MLRS should be used wisely as it empties a supply helicopter to fully reload.
MLRS was developed jointly by the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and France. It was developed from the older General Support Rocket System (GSRS).
When first deployed with the U.S. Army, the MLRS was used in a composite battalion consisting of two batteries of traditional artillery (howitzers) and one battery of MLRS SPLLs (self-propelled loader/launchers). The first operational organic or "all MLRS" battalion 4th Bn, 27th Field Artillery started training in the winter of 1984 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Alpha Battery, 4/27th FA (MLRS) was deployed en masse to Peden Barracks at Wertheim, West Germany in April of that year. "Sudden Impact" as it was known by its members fired its first rounds in theater and was considered operational by June of that year.