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NOTE: This article is about the M270 MLRS used by BLUFOR factions in ArmA 2. For its U.S. military counterpart in ArmA 3's CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, see M270 MLRS (CSLA).


M270 MLRS
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Self-Propelled Rocket Artillery
Seats 3 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Passenger
Item capacity Max:
  • 10× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
Top speed ~ 69 km/h
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× 227 mm MLRS Rocket Pod
Secondary armament None
Variants None
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The M270 MLRS (full name: Multiple Launch Rocket System) is a tracked self-propelled multiple rocket launcher vehicle used exclusively by the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army forces in ArmA 2.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Indirect fire support
« The M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (M270 MLRS) is an unguided rocket artillery system. It is a very mobile unit well suited for the 'shoot-and-scoot' tactic.
The system is capable of firing guided or unguided projectiles to distances of 42 km; or ballistic missiles to distances of 300 km.
Armoury Description
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Design

Based on a stretched Bradley IFV chassis, the M270 MLRS is a highly mobile, all-terrain multiple rocket launcher vehicle that is designed to complement lighter mortars and howitzer-based artillery systems.

Armament
Armed with a 227 mm rocket pod mounted onto the rear of the chassis, the M270 can carry up to 12 high-explosive (HE) rockets at a time. The pod is connected to a fire control system with an artillery computer, which can automatically adjust and lay down precision rocket fire at any location from a maximum distance of up to 20 km.

Features
The most powerful rocket artillery vehicle in ArmA 2, one rocket from the M270 is more than enough to wipe out an entire platoon of infantry or light vehicles. Even Main Battle Tanks like the T-90 are not safe, with a direct impact on the turret being able to cause severe, if not critical damage to it.

A USMC M270 firing off a salvo of rockets.

Likewise, indirect hits are more than capable of destroying the tank's external components and tracks, which makes the M270 a deadly anti-personnel and anti-vehicle threat.

Unlike its Russian counterpart, the M270's cab is well-protected against small arms fire as even the windows are protected by armoured shutters. The chassis itself is also quite durable, and can withstand a limited amount of punishment from light anti-tank weapons (though it won't survive against heavy AT).

Drawbacks
Other than its launcher pod however, the M270 doesn't retain any armament for self-defence like the Czech RM-70. Whilst its rocket pod can depress low enough to fire directly at hostiles (not recommended), it's extremely inaccurate at close ranges and is a complete waste of its munitions.

Because its rockets are almost twice as large, the M270 is also restricted to carrying only twelve rockets at a time. This is twenty eight less in total compared to the BM-21/RM-70 and overall less than static self-propelled howitzers such as the M119A1. Nonetheless, the high damage output of each rocket more than compensates for its smaller munition pool, though a supply truck will be necessary to resupply from on extended missions.

Crew Capacity
The M270 has enough seats to transport a crew of three; the driver, a gunner, and a passenger, all of whom sit side-by-side in the armoured cab.

Camouflage

  • Desert: Flat desert sand/desert tan paint scheme. Only used on U.S. Army M270s.
  • Woodland: Three-colour woodland paint scheme. Used by USMC M270s.

Protection

The M270 has a base armour value of 160.

Hull

The M270's hull can withstand up to 160 points of damage.

Engine

The M270's engine is able to incur 56 points of damage before failing. At least 20% of damage is shared with its main "health" pool.

A damaged engine will severely diminish power output and prevent the M270 from attaining its top speed. Disabling it completely will immobilise the vehicle and result in a mobility kill.

Treads

The M270's treads are only capable of withstanding a mere 24 points of damage before breaking.

Turret

The rocket pod itself can survive 160 points of damage before failing. Disabling the rocket pod will prevent the M270's gunner from being able to adjust the pod's elevation, depression and rotation; essentially rendering the M270 useless for non-line of sight artillery purposes.

Armament

The gunner controls the 227 mm MLRS rocket launcher pod:

227 mm MLRS

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Base damage value Damage type Initial velocity (m/s)
1,000 High-Explosive 44

Multiple rocket launcher. Fires unguided 227 mm rockets fitted with high-explosive (HE) warheads.

Rockets are always fired with an initial launch velocity of 44 m/s. Without a firing solution selected, the gunner can launch one rocket every 0.8 seconds, averaging 75 rockets per minute assuming a truck is constantly resupplying it. The warheads have a blast radius of 40 metres.

Capabilities

The M270 is capable of launching all 12 of its rockets in less than 15 seconds.

The overall range arcs of the M270 vary from:

  • Minimum: 1,450 to 5,300 metres
  • Moderate: ~3,386 to 10,100 metres
  • Maximum: ~10,500 to 20,986 metres

Because the artillery computer is actually incapable of firing at distances of less than 3,850 metres, its true minimum range begins at 3,850 metres instead of 1,450 metres.

Trivia

  • Unlike the real-world M270, the in-game version is limited to firing basic HE rockets and cannot make use of the "MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System" (ATACMS) missile or any other rockets fitted with cluster warheads.
  • In reality, the U.S. Marine Corps at the time of ArmA 2's release had long since transitioned to using the newer and wheeled "M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System" (HIMARS) MRL vehicle. USMC M270s were almost entirely replaced with the HIMARS by the end of 2007, leaving the U.S. Army as the sole operator of the M270 within the U.S. military.
  • Prior to the addition of the M5 Sandstorm in ArmA 3, the M270 MLRS was the only tracked rocket artillery vehicle of its class in the entire series.

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See also

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration

Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled HMMWVLAV-25MotorcycleMountain bikeMTVRTowing Tractor
Tracked AAVP-7A1M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-64DUH-1YMH-60S
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIAV-8B HarrierC-130J HerculesF-35 Lightning IIMQ-9 ReaperMV-22 Osprey
Aquatic CRRCRHIB
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled ATVHMMWVMotorcycleMTVRStryker (MGS)
Tracked M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M2 BradleyM270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-64DCH-47F ChinookMH-6J Little BirdUH-60 Black Hawk
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIC-130J HerculesMQ-9 Reaper
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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