Concept : Deploying Army MLRS from Navy Ships for Coastal Fire Support Missions

The Nigerian Navy is ranked 4th in Africa by GFP (Global Firepower). It is indisputable that the main criterion for assessing the Navy of any country is in tonnage.

Nevertheless the amount of sea based firepower available to a navy can be an equally important way of assessment when each unit of investment can achieve the greatest possible positive net effect.

Unfortunately while Nigeria has invested over $1 billion in naval acquisitions in the last five years, there is no single vessel in the Nigerian navy equipped with weapons tha can deliver ordnance at ling distances. The decommissioning of NNS Aradu created a capability gap in the Nigerian Navy.

Paradoxically the solution to this problem might lie with the Nigerian army.

The possibility of putting an RM-70 MLRS on warships might not be farfetched. The two major shortcomings of the Nigerian Navy is a lack of precision land attack capability and organic unmanned ISR. Since Nigeria is reluctant to invest in missile launch systems at sea, sea based rocket artillery might not be a bad idea.

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Placing RM-70 MLRS on warships will give Nigeria navy the ability to strike deep into enemy littoral territory from standoff distances out at sea, which will also enable a reduction in reliance in air power to deliver over the shore attack.

Two RM-70 on a frigate or coastal craft makes for a potent  120 nm range projectile. Just imagine multiple launchers firing multiple rockets on area or multiple target being  from a Nigerian Navy ships !

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5 Replies to “Concept : Deploying Army MLRS from Navy Ships for Coastal Fire Support Missions”

  1. A pragmatic approach to deterring foreign aggression but the writer did not explain to us how he intends to solve the inherent accuracy issues.

    firing rockets blindly might saturate or overwhelm the target when in close range but anything longer than 5km the rockets salvo strike cone would increase dramatically.

    maybe you meant guided projectiles which is plausible However, Close in weapons systems like the Phalanx mounted on ships negates such concept.

    I could be wrong though.

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    1. I certainly do not underestimate the challenges of precision targeting from a ship in a complex environment.I’m talking about land based coastal targets. Perhaps the fire control and target coordination can be tweaked from information relate by drones operating in the area or perhaps satellite imagery? If it works on land, could as well possible to pull off. Obviously there’s going to be some integration issues. But who knows, just a concept.

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  2. Egyptian Navy has trued out this concept before. It will be effective against land target, but I doubt its effectiveness against surface vessels that are constantly changing direction and speeding st 25+in (unless the rockets are guided somehow). Its worth trying though. At least, it is better than nothing.

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    1. 122mm artillery shells fly pretty fast…a ship going at 20 knot will be inside the saturation envelope of a barrage. This concept will work in concert with shore based rockeeteers to mouth a delaying action defensively.

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  3. I also want to suggest that NN engineers can start mounting MLRS on the Andoni Class FPBs. Let us start somewhere.

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