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ATREUS 2022 ~ RAF A400M Flies HIMARS To Romania

Screenshot of HIMARS delivered by RAF A400M [© NATO Multimedia]

Britain’s RAF has flown a US HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) from the UK to Romania by A400M during ATREUS 2022.

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News Release, Brussels, 15 November 2022: Romanian soldiers have been getting familiar with the US HIMARS. The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, was flown into Romania as part of an exercise to demonstrate how rapidly it can be deployed.

The UK’s Royal Air Force flew the HIMARS from the UK to Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport in Constanța, on the south-eastern coast of Romania. The US-led exercise, called ATREUS, helped familiarise Romanian soldiers with the rocket launcher system, which gives NATO the ability to conduct powerful long-range precision strikes. ATREUS has also been taking place in Poland and Norway. In Romania, no live-firing was conducted. ATREUS ran from 7 to 11 November 2022.

This NATO Multimedia footage includes shots of a UK RAF transport plane landing, HIMARS rolling off and being driven around by Romanian soldiers as well as soundbites from Major General Iulian Berdilă, chief of the Romanian Land Forces.

Library image of HIMARS in Bucharest, May 2022 [© Bob Morrison]

Shot list:-

  • 00:00 ~ UK Royal Air Force a400m atlas transport plane coming into land before taxiing on runway
  • 00:36 ~ UK Royal Air Force crew member placing wheel chocks next to airplane wheels
  • 00:47 ~ UK Royal Air Force crew on the tarmac next to transport plane
  • 01:00 ~ Airplane rear ramp drops down before the HIMARS is driven off the back of the plane
  • 01:19 ~ Romanian soldiers working on the HIMARS
  • 01:44 ~ Romanian soldiers preparing to drive the HIMARS
  • 01:49 ~ Romanian soldiers driving the HIMARS across the airport tarmac
  • 01:59 ~ wide shot – HIMARS on tarmac at airport
  • 02:06 ~ Romanian soldiers drive the HIMARS on airport tarmac
  • 02:16 ~ Romanian soldiers working on the HIMARS
  • 02:22 ~ HIMARS being reversed back into the transport plane
  • 02:44 ~ wide shot – UK Royal Air Force crew prepare plane for take-off
  • 02:47 ~ rear ramp of plane lifts up
  • 02:57 ~ UK Royal Air Force crew prepare plane for take-off
  • 03:13 ~ UK Royal Air Force plane taxiing on runway
  • 03:26 ~ UK Royal Air Force plane taking off
  • 03:47 ~ soundbite – Major General Iulian Berdilă, Chief of the Romanian Land Forces
  • 04:30 ~ soundbite – Major General Iulian Berdilă, Chief of the Romanian Land Forces

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