US Army Deployed M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System to Estonia
US Army Deployed M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System to Estonia

US Army Deployed M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System to Estonia


U.S. Soldiers of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Field Artillery Brigade, landed in Estonia on Aug. 28 for the Brigade’s first live-fire exercise outside of Grafenwoehr, Germany, since they reactivated in 2018. The exercise, called Rail Gunner Rush, is designed to give U.S. Soldiers an opportunity to conduct live-fire exercises with their Multiple Rockets Launch Systems alongside soldiers with the Estonian Defense Force’s 1st Infantry Brigade in Tapa, Estonia. Performing this exercise is not only an opportunity for 1-6 FAR to integrate their capabilities and with the EDF but also with NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence units.
Soldiers assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment load training rounds into their Multiple Launch Rockets Systems during a NATO allied live fire Exercise in Tapa, Estonia Sept. 5, 2020.
Soldiers assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment load training rounds into their Multiple Launch Rockets Systems during a NATO allied live fire Exercise in Tapa, Estonia Sept. 5, 2020. (Official photo by Maj. Joe Bush/41st Field Artillery Brigade)

The Estonian Defense Force worked with U.S. Soldiers before as they sent troops in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rail Gunner Rush will demonstrate the U.S. Army’s continued commitment to NATO and appreciation for the EDF, allowing them to deploy long-range precision fire assets to NATO’s Eastern Flank. To perform this exercise, the 41st FAB transported their personnel, equipment and vehicles by multiple avenues such as road, rail and air travel. Rail Gunner Rush is scheduled to begin Sept. 1 and conclude Sept. 8.

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A M270A Multiple Launch Rocket System crew assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment fires Reduced Range Practice Rounds over the Estonian training area in Tapa on Sept. 5, 2020.
A M270A Multiple Launch Rocket System crew assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment fires Reduced Range Practice Rounds over the Estonian training area in Tapa on Sept. 5, 2020. (Official photo by Maj. Joe Bush/41st Field Artillery Brigade)

Estonian Defense Forces’ (EDF) along with United States Army and the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup, practiced firing a M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) at their central polygon training area in Harju County, Estonia. Allied troops from NATO battle groups in Estonia and Latvia participated, altogether 200 military personnel from the U.S., United Kingdom, Estonia, Denmark, Montenegro, Spain and the Czech Republic, took part in the exercise. The home base of the 41st FAB is located in Grafenwöhr, Germany, and is the only artillery brigade to support U.S. Army Europe with strategic and tactical fire support.

US Army Deployed M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System to Estonia
Soldiers assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, soldiers from the Estonian Defence Force, and other NATO Allies and Partners watch as a rocket takes flight in the distance during a live fire exercise with Estonian Defense Force in Tapa, Estonia Sept. 5, 2020. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Barnes/41st Field Artillery Brigade)
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