France To Deliver M270 Rocket Launchers To Ukraine

According to information published on France 24 news on October 12, 2022, it was reported that France will provide three LRU (Lance Roquette Unitaire – Unitary Launch Rocket) to Ukraine. The LRU is the French version of the American M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) in service with the French army.

Following the recent attacks of the Russian armed forces with missiles and drones against main cities in Ukraine, France has taken the decision to strengthen its military aid to Ukraine. Yesterday, the Army Recognition editorial team reported that France will deliver to Ukraine Crotale short-range air defense missile systems.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, France has already delivered to Ukraine 18 CAESAR 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers, a few dozen of MILAN portable anti-tank guided missile weapon systems, and fifteen of 155mm towed howitzers TRF1. France has also delivered to Ukraine VAB armored vehicles, Mistral MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Missile Systems) as well as individual soldier equipment, helmets, bullet-proof vests, night vision binoculars, combat rations, protective clothing for nuclear, bacteriological and chemical risk environments, medical equipment), small caliber ammunition and fuel.

The LRU (Lance Roquette Unitaire – Unitary Launch Rocket) is the American-made M270 MLRS (Multiple Rocket Launcher System) in service with the French Army. The vehicle is based on the tracked chassis of the Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). The LRU has a crew of three including a commander, gunner, and driver.

The LRU is a modernized version of the American M270 equipped with a new firing control system and able to fire new types of guided rockets. According to open-source information, a total of 13 LRUs are currently in service with the French Army.

The LRU design consists of two main parts with the crew cab at the front and the launcher pod mounted at the rear of the tracked chassis. The rocket launcher station includes two pods of 6 rockets. The vehicle can fire the new M31 GPS-guided rocket which has a circular error probability of fewer than 10 m and a maximum firing range of 70 km.

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