At the US Army Base in Grafenwoehr, Germany, the 1st Battalion 6th Field Artillery of the 41st Field Artillery Brigade began new equipment training on the M270A1.
As the only US Army rocket artillery brigade in the European theatre, the recently reactivated unit is currently “preparing to deliver long range precision fires to defend NATO allies and deter aggression from near-peer adversaries”, say the US Army.
According to a US Army release:
“The 1-6 FA is the first of two MLRS battalions within the 41st Fires Brigade. The next battalion, 1-77 FA, is slated to reactivate later this year 2020.”
Thirteen years have passed since US Army Europe has seen MLRS in its command, say the US Army.
“The 41st Brigade and the M270A1 MLRS launcher share a battle-tested, long-standing legacy and have served in a combined seven wars.”
Lieutenant Colonel Angel M. Llompart Monge, 1-6 Field Artillery Battalion commander was quoted as saying:
“The 41st Brigade has a rich history that traces back to World War 1. It’s a great opportunity to continue to build on this lineage and let the world know that big Army Europe is back.”
The M270A1 is a tracked precision strike weapons system. Firing all current MLRS and Guided MLRS rockets and Army Tactical Missile System variants, the M270 launcher can achieve ranges of 70 plus kilometres, attacking targets with low-collateral damage, enabling “danger-close fires” (within 200 metres) in support of friendly troops as well as engaging high valued point targets in open, urban and complex environments.