Press Releases 2015
Defence Forces preparing procurement of munitions for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System
The Finnish Defence Forces is currently preparing the procurement of GMLRS AW and the GMLRS UNITARY munitions.
The invitation to tender concerning the procurement is currently under consideration in the United States Congress.
Procurement of the new guided munitions will make the use of the
rocket launch system procured in 2006 more efficient and diversify the range of
munitions available for the multiple launch rocket systems. The use of
guided munitions is possible due to the reform of the fire control of rocket
launcher systems drawn up in 2012-15.
When exploding the GMLRS AW spreads fragments above the target. The effect of the GMLRS UNITARY on the other hand is based on its explosive and pressure impact. The range of both the munitions is approximately 70 kilometres.
The procurement decision for the munitions will be made by Finland's Ministry of Defence following the contract negotiations. The product is in accordance with the international Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Jouko Tuloisela, Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 412 and
Colonel Pertti Lahtinen, Inspector of Artillery at Army Command Finland, tel. +358 299 800 (switch board).