U.S. MC-130J Lands On Highway In Sweden To Unload HIMARS Artillery System During Special Ops Exercise

The MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft unloaded an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System that was then loaded onto a Swedish C-130 during recent drills on Gotland island.

[A] U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130J Commando II aircraft landed on a highway on Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, strategically located in the the Baltic Sea.

The American Special Operations aircraft arrived over the road segment used for the drills in formation with a Swedish Air Force C-130H (locally designated TP 84) and two Swedish JAS 39 Gripen jets.


The HIMARS rocket artillery system is a light multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the United States Army, mounted on a truck frame and carrying six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile.

The HIMARS system was then loaded onto the Swedish TP 84.


“We have taken further steps in the cooperation with the U.S., where we, with American military transport aircraft, have moved a long-range artillery system to Gotland, reloaded to a Swedish military aircraft for further transport within Sweden. The opportunity to act with this and other types of ground or airborne weapon systems together with our partners, I believe removes any doubts about our common ability to be a guarantor of security in the Baltic Sea area” said Special Forces Command, Brigadier General Anders Löfberg.

Escorted by two JAS 39 Gripen and accompanied by a TP 84 (Swedish C-130H), the MC-130J arrives over Gotland for the highway landing. (Image credit: Swedish Ministry of Defense)