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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2017 10:57 p.m. PST

… that Fits in an Osprey.

"The Marine Corps is on the hunt for an uber-compact rocket launcher system capable of raining down suppressive fire on the enemy, then flying away in a V-22 Osprey or CH-53K King Stallion.

As the Corps prepares for a future fight in which units operate with greater independence and at greater distances apart, portability and power are at a premium.

At the National Defense Industrial Association's Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Marine Maj. Gen. David Coffman, director of expeditionary warfare for the Navy, said the service was after a system that could deliver both precision and suppressive effects…"
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Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 2:45 a.m. PST

Any guesses on what one of these will cost?

Chokidar Inactive Member28 Oct 2017 3:59 a.m. PST

Oh about the price of a 1945 aircraft carrier….

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 5:15 a.m. PST

In today's dollars that's a pretty expensive truck. "Now we want a Ford Mutt but weld some tubes on the top so we can shoot rockets. No, not missiles, just rockets. And no, money is no object."

charles popp28 Oct 2017 6:02 a.m. PST

What about the old LARS?

14Bore28 Oct 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

Yeah, like we all don't want them on our trucks.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 10:58 a.m. PST



troopwo Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 11:24 a.m. PST

Al I can think of is the South African Valkyrie.

Next closest was the three quarter ton with the side rails for the old 4.5" rockets used on Iwo Jima.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

You mean you guys don't already have a rocket launcher on your truck? How do you get through rush hour? grin

Andrew Walters28 Oct 2017 2:52 p.m. PST

Time for Car Wars!

War Drone Inactive Member28 Oct 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Bleeped text .. If they think they need it, give it 'em!

In fact, give 'em anything they think they need ..

Why would anyone not?

Lion in the Stars28 Oct 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

V22 has an unfortunately small cargo bay, 71" wide by 72" tall by 292" long (and 20,000lbs max weight)

A Humvee is 85" wide, and the new L-ATV is even bigger:

Even the HIMARS (a wheeled, half-capacity MLRS) is too big at 24,000lbs, 95"w, 126"t, and 276" long.

So what the Marines want is a reduced-size HIMARS. It needs to lose 4000lbs, at least 24" in width, and more than 54" in height. And it can't get any longer.

This would be a good place for an adjustable-ride-height suspension, lower the clearance to something silly like 4" for air transport but raise up to 16" (or more) for off-road mobility.

charles popp28 Oct 2017 6:44 p.m. PST

LARS specs

Weight 15,000 kg (33,000 lb)
Length 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Width 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
Height 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
Crew 3
That looks like a fit?

FatherOfAllLogic29 Oct 2017 8:50 a.m. PST

So the Marines have no artillery now? Can't get any air support? No choppers?

wardog29 Oct 2017 1:42 p.m. PST

strikers idea
mutt/willi jeep with rockets (ww2 version had 4.5inch aircraft rockets like sherman calliope (how big do these rockets need to be?(range)
how about the m21 ww2 towed rocket launcher use a quad bike for towing (not sure about weight issue) or quad max tow ability ?

Lion in the Stars29 Oct 2017 2:54 p.m. PST

@Charles: Way too big.

Needs to be under 9000kg/20,000lbs, less than 71" wide and 72" tall.

SouthernPhantom31 Oct 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

So, how about a Polaris UTV with a trailer?

Lion in the Stars31 Oct 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

Pretty sure the Marines don't want a trailered MLRS, but yeah, should fit.

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