The good folks at NOSINT bring us news that the Guided MLRS rocket now has a range of 85 kilometers, instead of the old 70km range.
That’s about 53 miles. That means from central Orange county, I can put a round through a window in Santa Monica.
Originally, the MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) was a “shotgun” the division or corps commander could use to blanket an enemy artillery battery or tank formation with many thousands of bomblets. It was used to great effect in this role during Desert Storm.
Now, in an urban setting, dropping hundreds or thousands of bomblets is considered bad form. Also, since the insurgents are often hiding in buildings, a bigger warhead is needed. While the GMLRS doesn’t have the punch of a 500 or 2000 pound laser guided bomb, it is often quicker to get a round on target than working a request for air support through the chain of command. The smaller warhead also reduces collateral damage.