Holland Sells 18 MLRS to Finland for EUR 30MJan 17, 2006 01:35 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
The Dutch Ministry of Defence notes that Finland has officially signed a contract for two complete field batteries of the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) from the Netherlands, in a sale valued at EUR 30M. They note that an MLRS field battery comprises nine rocket systems, each of which can fire twelve [M26, 227mm] tactical rockets with a range of 30 kilometres. Operational MLRS field batteries also tend to require heavy truck support vehicles with organic cranes, in order to handle rocket pack reloads.
The Dutch had retired these systems in 2004 to save money, and State Secretary Cees Van der Knaap noted that the Netherlands has sold EUR 1.2 billion worth of surplus military equipment since 2003. The release was translated by defense-aerospace.com.