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Army tests new rocket system in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash -- Soldiers from Fort Lewis were in Yakima Thursday testing the Army's newest   rocket system.

Sonic booms from the HIMARS weapon system could be heard throughout the valley.

HIMARS targets counter-fire, air defense, armored formations, and high-payoff targets with the same rockets and missiles used by the m-270 mlrs (multi-launch multiple launch rocket system), but from a smaller, lighter, more mobile platform.   

"HIMARS is on a truck chassis," said Lt. Col. Matt Hergenroeder. "Its light weight, and air transportable. So it can go places the MLRS couldn't go. Its a lot faster."

HIMARS is part of the on-going Army transformation. Commanders are replacing older, slower weapons systems.

Soldiers from Fort Lewis will continue to travel to Yakima for additional practice over the next few months.