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US State Department Gives Green Light to $524 Million M142 HIMARS Sale to Morocco

The U.S. State Department has determined and approved a potential sale of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated equipment to the Government of Morocco. The estimated value of the sale amounts to $524.2 million. Morocco has expressed interest in acquiring eighteen (18) M142 HIMARS launchers, forty (40) M57 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), thirty-six (36) M31A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary, thirty-six (36) M30A2 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead, nine (9) M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), and eighteen (18) International Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (IFATDS).

Additionally, the proposed sale includes forty (40) M28A2 Low Cost Reduced Range Practice Rocket Pods (LCRRPR), radios with similar “SINCGARS” capabilities, thirty-five (35) Vehicular Dual Long-Range Radio Systems with GPS, twenty-four (24) Single Radio, Long Range Vehicular Systems with GPS, eighteen (18) M1084A2 cargo trucks from the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) as Resupply Vehicles (RSV), three (3) M1089A2 wrecker trucks from FMTV, RSV, eighteen (18) M1095 5-ton trailers from FMTV, twenty-three (23) Simple Key Loaders (SKL), AN/PYQ-10, fifty (50) Defense Advanced Global Positioning System Receivers (DAGR), camouflage screen systems, support equipment, communications equipment, spare parts, test sets, laptop computers, training, and other logistical and program support elements.

This proposed sale will enhance Morocco’s capability to address current and future threats, while also promoting interoperability with the Royal Armed Forces (FAR). The FAR regularly conducts joint exercises with U.S. forces, focusing on counterterrorism efforts and combating Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) in the Maghreb and Sahel regions. Morocco is well-equipped to incorporate these items into its armed forces.

The primary contractors involved in this sale include Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (Camden, AK), L3 Harris Communications, Inc. (Rochester, NY), Raytheon (Waltham, MA), COBHAM Aerospace Connectivity (Buckinghamshire, UK), Oshkosh Defense, LLC (Oshkosh, WI), AAR Corporation AAR Manufacturing, Inc. (Cadillac, MI), and AM General LLC (South Bend, IN).

This photo shows the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) firing during the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) as part of the annual naval exercises between the Philippine Marine Corps and US Marine Corps at Capas, Tarlac province on October 13, 2022. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JAM STA ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

The M142 HIMARS (M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a lightweight multiple rocket launcher that was developed in the late 1990s for the United States Army. It is mounted on a standard United States Army Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck frame. The HIMARS can carry either six GMLRS rockets or one ATACMS missile in a single pod. It is based on the FMTV five-ton truck and is capable of launching all rockets specified in the Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM). While the HIMARS ammunition pods are interchangeable with the M270 MLRS, it is limited to a single pod instead of the standard two pods for the M270 and its variants. The launcher can be transported by Airbus A400M Atlas and Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft.

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