At 9.00 a.m. on Saturday, a Swedish Hercules landed on a road base on the cold and windy island of Gotland. Shortly after, a US Hercules landed with the long-range artillery system M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) on board.
Within a few minutes, the system was assembled and ready to launch. It was then loaded on board the aircraft again and transported up to northern Sweden to demonstrate live firing. It was the first time this feature was fully exercised.
“Everything went very well. The joint exercises conducted this past weekend demonstrate how far we’ve come in our cooperation with the US”, says Michel Claesson, Chief of Joint Operations.