Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to provide M299 launchers for the US Army and international customers.

The contract update, which carries a total value of $25.9m, will see the company deliver M299 All Up Launchers (AULs) and spare parts support.

Several platforms including the AH-64D, AH-64E, Seahawk, Cobra, and Tigre of the US Army and international customers have been successfully integrated with the M299 launcher.

It is operational with 29 customers. To date, the company has delivered more than 6,000 M299 launchers.

Lockheed Martin Air-to-Ground Missile Systems programme director Joey Drake said: “The M299 launcher is the go-to solution for multiple aircraft and ground platforms when it comes to defending, deterring, and defeating current and future threats.”

The affordable multi-platform, multi-mission capability offers maximum operational flexibility to engage a wide range of targets.

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It has the capability to recognise and launch all HELLFIRE variants, as well as Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles (JAGM) in any sequence.

The M299 launcher is designed to function in harsh flight conditions. It features a digital design that allows it to be used aboard different platforms.

According to Lockheed Martin, the M299 launcher has been successful in offering over 99% operational reliability per mission.

Work carried out under the latest contract will extend M299 launcher activities until 2025.

The company manufactures the M299 launcher’s electronic components at its facilities in Ocala, Florida, and Archbald, Pennsylvania, US.

The final assembly and test are performed at Marvin Engineering in Inglewood, California.

Last year, the US State Department approved a potential foreign military sale of 800 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles to Australia.