Reintroducing the M270: 3 Things to Know About the Launcher

Reintroducing the M270: 3 Things to Know About the Launcher

January 15, 2024

Known as a legend in the field, the M270 is a highly mobile, automatic system that fires surface-to-surface rockets and missiles from the MLRS® Family of Munitions (MFOM). 

Lockheed Martin is modernizing existing systems to protect soldiers with combat-proven reliability for decades to come. 

We’re upgrading launchers with new 600 HP engines, fire control system and an improved armored cab for customers, including the United Kingdom, Italy and United States to ensure capability and support through 2050.

Enhancements enable the MLRS to fire the newest next-generation munitions, like the Extended-Range GMLRS (ER GMLRS) and Precision Strike Missile (PrSM). Upgrades improve crew and system survivability, and offer interoperability with partner nations as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces.

The M270 upgrade is only one example of how Lockheed Martin is working with customers to extend the lifecycle of assets and minimize the need for maintenance of core products commonly operated in remote locations with limited crews.


Here are three things to know about the critical capability M270 provides to partner nations:
  1. The M270 launcher can fire 12 surface-to-surface GMLRS or Extended-Range GMLRS (ER GMLRS) rockets, 4 PrSM or 2 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) faster and farther than any of its predecessors.

  2. The launcher’s three-person crew can deliver large volumes of fire quickly and rapidly depart the firing area enhancing crew and platform survivability.

  3. M270 is in service in more than 14 nations, including the United Kingdom, South Korea, Italy,Germany, France and the United States.