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.