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Redstone Report: rocket launcher retires

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The machine was nicknamed "Steel Rain" The machine was nicknamed "Steel Rain"

It's the end of an era at Redstone Arsenal.

An artillery launcher that has served on battlefields for the last three decades is now making its final resting place in Huntsville.

It was created during the Cold War but shined during Operation Desert Storm. That's when the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System earned itself the name "Steel Rain."

"It was able to put so much fire down on top of the Iraqi troops, that they actually felt like it was raining steel. It was a big blow psychologically to the troops and caused them to surrender in large numbers before the fighting really even started," explained Project Manager Frederick Hughes.

This artillery launcher has served in conflicts for the past 30 years, a remarkable feat for a piece of machinery, and the whole time its' program was managed in Huntsville.

"It started here in its infancy as sort of an idea, and it grew into a concept, and eventually was made into what you see here," said Hughes.

Now its days on the battlefield have come to a close. The M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System was retired at a special ceremony last week.

"This was kind of a chance to say thank you to the local community and to the people who worked on this program, and to honor all of their service. It's not so much about saying goodbye to a piece of equipment, but we're recognizing all the people that helped make this possible," explained Hughes.

While this system is now a part of history, its legacy lives on.

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