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The US Military and NATO’s enhanced Ahead Presence Battle Group have carried out a live-fire demonstration of the M142 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) on the Estonian Defence Power’s Central Coaching Space close to Tapa.

The exercise adopted multinational coaching in Estonia to bolster the alliance’s presence within the Baltic.

A part of this was deploying further US rotational forces to the nation in December 2022.

‘Constructing Bonds’

On the train, personnel from the third Battalion, Twenty seventh Discipline Artillery Regiment (3-Twenty seventh FAR), and NATO counterparts facilitated a gunnery qualification of the HIMARS and showcased the system’s capabilities.

The three-Twenty seventh FAR troopers have been working for the battle group preparation within the nation since June 2022.

Earlier than the demonstration, the battalion and Estonian forces had carried out preliminary HIMARS coaching, together with simulations in contested environments.


Classes from these drills will probably be utilized for future HIMARS coaching, missions, and workout routines with NATO companions.

“The coaching worth for my crews taking part on this train, like with my crew particularly, they’ve by no means been abroad earlier than; that is their first time,” 3-Twenty seventh FAR HIMARS Crew Part Chief Workers Sgt. Austin Quiñones defined.

“They get to see not solely what it’s prefer to be abroad, however serving to the allies as effectively, and seeing what they’re actually doing these things for. [It’s] not simply checking a field that we’re licensed – that is actual world stuff that we’re doing.”


U.S. Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Field Artillery Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, supporting 3rd Infantry Division, demonstrate M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) operations to multinational troops comprising NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Estonia during a live-fire exercise at Central Training Area​, Estonia, Sept. 27, 2023. The 3rd Infantry Division’s mission in Europe is to engage in multinational training and exercises across the continent, working alongside NATO allies and regional security partners to provide combat-credible forces to V Corps, America’s forward deployed corps in Europe. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Cesar Salazar Jr.)
US Military and NATO’s enhanced Ahead Presence Battle Group fires M142 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Estonia. Picture: Sgt. Cesar Salazar Jr./US Military

Alongside heightened coaching for the S warfighters, Quiñones stated the HIMARS coaching boosted their interoperability with the allies.

“It’s vital to coach with our allies, particularly once we’re of their nation,” Quiñones said.

“If one thing have been to occur, we’d like to have the ability to work collectively and effectively. Even when one thing doesn’t occur, we’re constructing these bonds with them.”

“They will see that it’s not simply our nations which might be allies, we’re allies too, on a private stage.”

New HIMARS for Estonia

Estonia signed a $200-million contract in 2022 to buy six HIMARS platforms from the US in response to the battle in Jap Europe.

The primary tranche of the rocket methods is predicted to reach in Estonia by 2024.


The identical 12 months, Baltic neighbor Lithuania bought eight HIMARS from the US at $495 million.