Wednesday, June 14, 2017

US military developing new tactics in South China Sea

The US Army and Air Force landed a C-17, pulled out a high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS), fired at a target, and flew away all within 20 minutes. The tactic turns the US's HIMARS into a scoot and shoot weapons system with wings, and it's the solution for the problems posed by the South China Sea.

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a standard Army Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) truck frame.
The HIMARS carries six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile. In 2015, the United States Army revealed they had deployed the HIMARS to Iraq, firing at least 400 rockets at the Islamic State. HIMARS detachments were sent to Al Asad Airbase and Al-Taqaddum Air Base in Anbar province. On 4 March 2016, Army HIMARS systems fired rockets into Syria in support of Syrian rebels fighting ISIL for the first time, with the launchers based in neighboring Jordan. In January 2016, Lockheed announced the HIMARS had reached 1 million operational hours with U.S. forces, achieving a 99 percent operational readiness rate
Large US bases in the Pacific are appetizing targets, so the US has been coming up with ways to fight smarter. The C-17 lends itself perfectly to this, as it can land on dirt runways under difficult conditions.