Nato sources said the alliance's military chief, US General Wesley Clark, had been requesting deployment of Apaches and MLRS
almost since the start of the air campaign against Yugoslavia, which is about to enter its third week.
Although planned MLRS
bomblet failure rates are meant to be on the order of five per cent, a US General Accounting Office report on Operation Desert Storm states that in the terrain conditions in 1991, a proven failure rate of over 20 per cent was reported.
The new facility will include automated production and assembly equipment and be located near the existing MLRS
The result was the extremely effective 9K58 Smerch MLRS
system, as well as laser-guided munitions for field guns and howitzers.
However, the first operational use of an MLRS
is thought to have been made by a Wurfgerat of Hitler's Wehrmacht on June 22, 1941, at the start of the invasion of the Soviet Union.
The Army fielded its first battery of nine MLRS
launchers as part of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan., in early 1983.
"Within the last 24 hours, terrorists have shelled the trade center "Costello", as well as al-Khalidiyah, Lairamoun, and al-Assad quarters as well as al-Nairab airport in Aleppo city with improvised MLRS
(multiple launch rocket systems) and mortars.
THE FIELD IS EXPERIENCING TRANSPORTATION, HANDLING AND STORAGE PROBLEMS WITH THE MLRS
FAMILY" OF MUNITIONS (MFOM).
They have even said there would be 15 new jobs created when the AS90s and the MLRS
Total joint procurement of the system is expected to be more than 900 launchers, which can accommodate the entire family of Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS
) munitions, including the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile and Guided MLRS
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is responsible for the design and manufacture of the MLRS
(Multiple Launch Rocket System), in which the M270 tracked vehicle fires twelve M26 or two Atacms (Army Tactical Missile System) rockets.
The Eastern Military District said in July it would also send motorized rifles and tank units, a mortar battery, MLRS
, self-propelled artillery, NCB protection, reconnaissance and a medical team.