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Lockheed Martin flight tests Extended-Range GMLRS munition system

05 Mar 2021 (Last Updated March 5th, 2021 15:20)

Lockheed Martin has conducted a test of the new extended-range (ER) version of its Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS) munition.

Lockheed Martin flight tests Extended-Range GMLRS munition system
The ER GMLRS will increase the range of the current munition offering enhanced capability, flexibility and ability to restore advantage for Commanders throughout the battlespace. Credit: Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Lockheed Martin has conducted a test of the new extended-range (ER) version of its Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS) munition.

During the demonstration, the test flight reached 80km.

It was fired from the US Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, meeting the objectives of the test requirements.

The Lockheed Martin-developed GMLRS rocket has a global positioning system (GPS) and inertial guidance package and small canards on the rocket nose to enhance accuracy.

Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control precision fires and combat manoeuvre systems vice-president Gaylia Campbell said: “Our new extended-range GMLRS significantly increases the range of the current system, offering the choice of munitions for longer distances and improving options with the same reliability and accuracy our customers have come to expect.

“Our team is dedicated to conducting extensive developmental testing as part of our discipline to assure mission success for the US Army with more flexibility for multi-domain operations.”

The latest demonstration confirms the flight trajectory performance, range and validated interfaces of the missile.

So far, Lockheed Martin has produced over 50,000 GMLRS rounds.

The company is currently under contract to produce over 9,000 GMLRS unitary and alternative-warhead rockets, over 1,800 low-cost reduced-range practice rockets, as well as integrated logistics support for the US Army and other international customers.

The combat-proven systems are produced at Lockheed Martin’s Precision Fires Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas.