After having signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding in June this year, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Ulm based defence company Elbit Systems Deutschland and Elbit Systems Land have agreed to intensify their strategic cooperation. Background is the modernisation and the capability extension of the European Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS / MARS II). Elbit provides a modern effector portfolio, to fully comply with the MLRS-User demands from extended range rockets to new training ammunition which will enable the user to “train as you fight” on national proving grounds. KMW and Elbit have established the concept “Euro-PULS” for the next generation European Long Range Rocket Artillery as the successor system for the MLRS.
Ralf Ketzel, Chairman of the KMW Management Board said,“I welcome the cooperation with Elbit. In this partnership, we see a chance to underline the potential of our artillery capabilities. The potential opportunities allow KMW to become one of the most modern system houses for rocket artillery.”
Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit System Land said,“I am confident that the Euro-PULS will provide effective and timely solution for both the operational and industrial needs of European countries. I am encouraged by the level of interest this initiative is already drawing from European and NATO countries.”
This concept has already been offered to the first European customers. The Euro-PULS system is based on Elbit Systems’ operational and in-service Multi-Purpose Universal Launching System (PULS) and a range of precision guided munitions. KMW complements the Euro-PULS with decades of know-how as system house and vast experience in building and customizing (rocket) artillery systems complying European standards. The launcher was specifically designed to bridge the gaps between all artillery building blocks: means of fire, sensors and C4I. This provides the capability to integrate every rocket according to User’s requirements. Both companies envision a local rocket production to ensure Europe’s independence. This means a Future Rocket Artillery System made in Europe.
Elbit Systems Land has decades of experience in the design, development and manufacture of a wide range of advanced, accurate and fast response artillery rocket and missile weapon systems. Flagship products include the PULS™, a precise and universal launching system delivering next generation fire support, and an array of precise rockets and missiles for ranges of 40km (Accular), 150km (EXTRA) and 300km (Predator Hawk). From armored fighting vehicles to complete combat vehicle modernization, integrative platforms, airborne, artillery and mortar munition systems and ammunition and diverse protection kits, our customizable solutions are designed to provide enhanced survivability, operational effectiveness and maneuvering capabilities.