The U.S. State Department has greenlit the possible sale of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated equipment to Australia.

The estimated value of the potential deal stands at $975 million.

Purchase Details:

  • Main Equipment: Up to 22 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).
  • Rocket System Pods:
    • 60 M30A1 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead (AW) Pods with Insensitive Munitions Propulsion System (IMPS).
    • 40 M31A1 GMLRS Unitary (GMLRS-U) High Explosive (HE) Pods with IMPS.
    • 66 M30A2 Extended Range (ER)-GMLRS AW Pods.
    • 24 M31A2 ER GMLRS Unitary (HE) Pods.
  • Additional Equipment: This includes Reduced Range Practice Rocket (RRPR) Pods, intercom systems for HIMARS Launcher, M1084A2 HIMARS Re-Supply Vehicles (RSV), trailers, forklifts, communication mounts, machine gun mounts, ruggedized laptops, training equipment, spares, services, and other associated equipment and support.

Key defence firms such as Lockheed Martin (Grand Prairie, TX), L3Harris Corporation (Melbourne, FL), Leonardo DRS (Arlington, VA), and Oshkosh Corporation (Stafford, VA) are identified as the primary contractors.

You can read the notice here.

Tom has spent the last 13 years working in the defence industry, specifically military and commercial shipbuilding. His work has taken him around Europe and the Far East, he is currently based in Scotland.
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DanielMorgan (@guest_746946)
8 months ago

This is the second purchase of HIMARS by Australia this year resulting in a total purchase of 42. Australia also announced the purchase of 200 Tomahawk missiles.

FormerUSAF (@guest_746998)
8 months ago
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Believe the Aussies are acutely aware that their neighborhood is rapidly deteriorating. 🤔

farouk (@guest_746953)
8 months ago

Whislt the entire world and its dog has increased defence spending in real terms the Uk (one of the main stays of NATO) has decided to cut it. Perun latest video is somewhat disturbing regards the UK

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farouk (@guest_746954)
8 months ago
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Graham M
Graham M (@guest_747065)
8 months ago
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Totally shocking. These politicos keep blathering on about the first duty of government is the defence and security of its citizens…and then cut defence in real terms. The IR and DCP refresh of 2023 was solely to take in account the war in Europe and ends up not recommending significant increases, but to confirm cuts to the army in manpower and tanks.

Leonidas (@guest_747005)
8 months ago

The U.K. is buggered- the undesirables that both sides of Government have allowed in, both from “East of Suez,” and “South of Malta,” and that goes back a long ways, as well as various “Defence White Papers,” going back even further, as well as the inclination of the Millenials and Generation Z’ers to be layabouts on their smartphones, all make for the sad state of affairs the Forces, and Western Civilization, find ourselves in……just as the Communist Chinese and their Western globalist enablers intend.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_747216)
8 months ago

Before anyone laments the UKs efforts in this regard, as so many of the comments over on the Poland Apache thread are doing, the British Army is expanding its GMLRS fleet from 35 operational, with 44 planned in Future Soldier, to 61 launchers. Yes. 61.
Plus 8 recovery variants, up from 4.
Approval to raise this to 76 is pending.
We are not sitting on our hands in Deep precision fires.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_747961)
8 months ago

Morning Daniele, is there any talk of UK getting the wheeled Himars or will all be tracked?

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_747980)
8 months ago
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AFAIK all tracked.

FormerUSAF (@guest_747968)
8 months ago

Excellent! Big Ben’s influence? 🤔