German long-range MLRS MARS II have already arrived in Ukraine – Minister of Defense Reznikov

This was stated by Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov.

“The third brother in the Long Hand family arrived in Ukraine – MLRS MARS II from Germany. Thanks to Germany and personally to my colleague Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht for these systems. Our gunners congratulate the German partners,” Reznikov wrote.

MARS-II is an armored multiple launch rocket system (MLRS, English Multiple Launch Rocket System or MLRS), which has been in service with the Bundeswehr since 1990.

MARS-II works according to the sports principle “hit and run”, that is, it made a volley and went to a new place. This tactic makes MARS-II and other Western MLRS virtually invisible to the Russians.

MARS-II – is a German modernization (in fact, its licensed copy) of the American tracked MLRS M270. The German concern KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) is engaged in the production of this weapon.

What is the difference between MARS-II and HIMARS. There are two global differences – the chassis base and the number of transport and launch containers (TPK).

MARS-II on caterpillar tracks (development based on the American BBM m2 Bradley), that is, less mobile, but also more powerful. This allows this MLRS to carry a large mass.

This implies the second difference – MARS-II has 2 of them, HIMARS has only one. One container is 6 missiles, that is, MARS-II can operate 12 missiles almost simultaneously (the time of such a salvo is only 55 seconds).

MARS-II is capable of carrying 2 ATACMS missiles at once, the flight range of which is up to 300 km. Currently, tests are underway on the JFS-M missile based on MARS-II, which will be capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 500 kilometers.

The weight of the rocket is 107 kg, the flight range is up to 70 km.

Smaller missiles can have a cassette part (maximum range 32, 45 and 70 kilometers). The cumulative combat element penetrates armor up to 140 mm thick.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine received German Panzerhaubitze2000 self-propelled artillery mounts with trained Ukrainian crews. This is already the sixth type of 155 mm artillery, reinforcing the Ukrainian defense.


At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on Ukrainian territory and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.

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