A Reserve Royal Artillery Regiment has been firing one of the British Army’s most sophisticated weapons platforms in the south west of Scotland this week.
The Ministry of Defence say that the Reserve soldiers from 101 Regiment Royal Artillery, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, fired the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) at Kirkcudbright Ranges on the Solway coast, in Dumfries and Galloway.
This is the first time in the last 15 years, that the GMLRS has been fired in Scotland.
The GMLRS is a self-propelled, armoured missile and rocket launcher, which can fire 12 rounds per minute to a distance of up to 180 miles. It is one of the Royal Artillery’s most powerful weapons.
“The reservists, who only get to fire live MLRS very rarely, were doing so as part of their Annual Deployment Exercise, which sees them practice all of their basic soldier and specialist Artillery skills for two weeks. This is in addition to the training they get on Drill Nights at their Army Reserve Centres, and on weekend exercises and deployments.”
Describing the weapon system, the British Army website says:
“The state-of-the-art M270B1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, firing the M31 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) munition, is the mainstay of the British Army’s deep and shaping fires capability.
The system provides pinpoint accuracy, delivering a 200 lb high explosive warhead to its target with over twice the range of other artillery systems used by the British Army. The MLRS also represents the bulk of the Army’s precision fires capability, with the GPS guidance capability integral to the system and highly accurate beyond 70 KM.
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.”