The Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System in the desert

The state of the art Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), nicknamed the '70km Sniper', provides pinpoint accuracy delivering a 200lb high explosive warhead to its target, with twice the range of other artillery systems used by the British Army.

The Royal Artillery's newest long range precision land attack rocket is currently in use on operations in southern Afghanistan following a series of successful trials last year.

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System

Deployed in several locations throughout Helmand province, the Global Positioning System (GPS) guided rockets contain the latest advanced computer technology giving them unsurpassed accuracy. The system takes far fewer rockets to defeat targets, whilst also reducing the risk of collateral damage.

The weapon system is manned by a small crew of three Gunners and is mounted on a tracked armoured launcher, which is highly robust and manoeuvrable.

The launcher easily copes with the harsh environment and challenging terrain found in southern Afghanistan and has been used to target enemy bunkers in southern Helmand. GMLRS is ideally suited to destroying this type of enemy position and a single missile can be used, whereas in the past conventional artillery may have required multiple rounds.

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