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U.S. Army to participate in artillery drills in Romania

The U.S. Army will participate in Rapid Falcon, a live fire artillery drills in Romania next week.  Photo courtesy of 41st Field Artillery Brigade/U.S. Army Europe 
The U.S. Army will participate in Rapid Falcon, a live fire artillery drills in Romania next week.  Photo courtesy of 41st Field Artillery Brigade/U.S. Army Europe 

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Rapid Falcon, a bilateral exercise next week in Romania, will include two U.S. artillery rocket systems, U.S. Army Europe announced Friday.

Two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket systems and about a dozen personnel of 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Field Artillery Brigade, will be deployed from Grafenwoehr, Germany, for exercises with the Romanian Land Forces at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase.

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The Army representatives will join forces of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Special Operation Command Europe and U.S. Navy in demonstrations of long-range precision firepower.

The system, known as HIMARS, can carry and launch up to six rockets or one missile on a single five-ton truck. A joint mission known as HIMARS Rapid Infiltration, or HI-RAIN, will demonstrate quick deployment of the unit and equipment in a rapid-fire mission, and a return to home station, U.S. Army Europe said.

"We are honored to work alongside our allies in Romania as one team in support of NATO's larger mission. Rapid Falcon is a great joint exercise that demonstrates our ability to rapidly deploy our Soldiers and long-range precision fires capabilities at a moment's notice anywhere in the European theater," said Col. Daniel Miller, the 41st FAB commander.

The action in Romania is concurrent with a two-week, German-led artillery drill in Greece. The NATO Missile Firing Installation began on Thursday, and involves the 10th Army Air and Missile Command and the 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade of the U.S. Army, and participants from Germany, Greece and the Netherlands.

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