Ukraine uses UK-delivered MLRS M270B1 in action

KYIV ($1 = 36.97 Ukrainian hryvnias) – Ukraine is already using the M270B1 multiple launch rocket system supplied by the UK [M270 MLRS]. A video shared on social media shows the M270 MLRS in action in Ukraine.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that in early June, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London would help Kyiv by providing these missile systems. This aid is provided under US authorization, as the M270B1 MLRS is a US original.

At the end of the video showing the operation of the missile systems supplied by the British, a text appears thanking the Ukrainian partners for the delivery.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that London initially decided to upgrade the capabilities of its M270B1 MLRS, but then decided to give them to Ukraine. The decision to modernize the missile systems was taken in May this year. The UK has a total of 42 M270A1 units which were to be upgraded to the M270A2 version by the end of 2026. With London’s agreement to donate M270 MLRS to Kyiv, it is unclear exactly how many weapon systems he will send, whether those remaining on the island’s armaments will be upgraded, and how that changes plans not only for British defense but also for Lockheed Martin.

About the M270 MLRS

M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System [M270 MLRS] is an American-made armored and self-propelled multiple rocket launcher. In 1983, he enlisted in the US Army. A total of 20 other countries around the world continue to have or have had this missile system. Production of the M270 MLRS was previously discontinued and has not been produced since 2003.

The M270 MLRS was designed in 1977 by Lockheed Martin. There are also units made in Europe by Diehl BGT Defense and Aérospatiale. It was part of three wars: the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq. There is no confirmed information, but Ukraine claims to have used the M270 MLRS in the war against Russia.

The system can fire 18 rockets in one minute – all 227mm caliber or 2 missiles in one minute. Depending on the modification of the projectile, the operational range of the system is different: from 32 to 70 km. However, the M270 MLRS can triple the maximum damage range if it uses the ATACMS surface-to-surface missile. [SSM]: then it strikes at a distance of 165-300 km. If used by Lockheed Martin Precision Strike Missile [PsM] M270 MLRS hits up to 499 km.

Photo: Cpl Jamie Peters RLC

The M270 MLRS is powered by a Commins diesel engine. It provides the rocket launcher with 500 hp [373 kW]. 480 km is the maximum distance that the M270 MLRS travels with a full tank of fuel, and the maximum speed it can develop reaches 64 km/h [39.8 mph].

Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022

On February 21, 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian bombing had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russian-Ukrainian border and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who were trying to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied involvement in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government officially recognized the self-declared DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de facto controlled areas, but in all Ukrainian oblasts, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including including tanks, to enter the regions.

On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion was followed by targeted airstrikes on military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering through the Belarusian border.

Norway transfers obsolete M270s to UK, upgrade needed
Photo credit: ØYVIND BYE SKILLE / NRK

So far, Russia has not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines Russian military actions as invasion and war against Ukrainian citizens.

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