German MLRS MARS II entered service with the Armed Forces of Ukraine

15:04 01 August Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that the Ukrainian army received the German Mars II multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).
“The third brother of 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,” Reznikov wrote.
Earlier, Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht announced the dispatch of MARS II, adding that the package also includes three self-propelled howitzers.
“We keep our word, ” the minister said.
Lambrecht promised that Germany would deliver three Mars-II type MLRS to Ukraine at the end of July or August 2022.
MARS-II - European modification of the American MLRS M270 on a tracked base. Like the HIMARS previously delivered to Ukraine, the system is capable of firing tactical missiles and guided missiles with an effective range of up to 70 km (GMLRS family). Ammunition includes 12 shells (twice as many as HIMARS).

In June, Business Insider reported that Germany was having difficulty transferring the MARS-II because the launcher's on-board control systems did not allow the use of American and British-made ammunition and required reconfiguration.