Lockheed Martin has delivered the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) system’s ground equipment to the US Army.

The delivery is part of a multi-year hypersonic weapons development programme that supports the US Army’s vision on long-range precision fires.

Lockheed Martin originally received the LRHW contract in 2019.

The ground equipment delivery also includes the battery operations centre and four transporter erector launchers.

To celebrate this milestone, Lockheed Martin held a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord air base in Washington, US. The event witnessed the participation of the US Army and industry team.

Lockheed Martin Space Hypersonic Strike Programs vice-president Eric Scherff said: “With this delivery, we’ve taken another leap in advancing this capability to support the US Army’s long-range precision fires vision in support of joint all domain operations.

“We’re achieving great efficiencies by supporting this programme and the US Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike hypersonic programme through the use of a common missile.

“We’ve invested heavily in creating digital factories across the corporation that employ advanced materials and precision capabilities needed for a hypersonic strike and bringing this digital factory approach to hypersonics means shorter delivery spans and greater affordability.”

The LRHW weapon system is being developed in partnership with the US Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) and the Hypersonic Project Office.

The LRHW programme is led by Lockheed Martin and remains on track to conduct future flight tests during FY2022-2023.

General Atomics, General Dynamics, Dynetics, Moog, i3, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Verity Integrated Systems and Penta Research serve as other industry partners in the programme.

Earlier this month, Lockheed Martin opened an advanced production facility focused on hypersonic strike production in Courtland, Alabama, US.

In February last year, US Army soldiers from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, used a mix of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies to help the hypersonic weapon prototype development.