Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $451m contract to upgrade additional M270 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) for the US Army.

This initiative is set to enhance the US Army’s domestic fleet of launchers and provide upgrades for international partners.

The recent contract builds upon a 2019 agreement and subsequent contracts aimed at recapitalising the MLRS to ensure mission readiness through 2050.

The recapitalisation process involves a comprehensive overhaul of the systems, including the installation of new engines, upgraded armoured cabs, and the Common Fire Control System (CFCS).

CFCS will ensure compatibility with the current and future MLRS Family of Munitions (MFOM).

Lockheed Martin said it next-generation Extended-Range GMLRS and Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) are exclusively compatible with M270A2 and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers.

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Lockheed Martin Precision Fires vice-president Jay Price said: “The modernisation effort will add additional capability to the combat-proven launcher and ensure the M270-series launcher remains highly effective, reliable and interoperable with NATO forces for decades to come.

“The procurement will bring additional precision fires capability to our global partners.”

The M270 MLRS is a robust, heavy tracked mobile launcher capable of being transported by C-17 and C-5 aircraft.

It is designed to fire Guided MLRS rockets and Army Tactical Missile System missiles.

The upgrades will also enable the M270 to launch the PrSM and Extended-Range GMLRS rockets, which are currently in development.

Currently, the Lockheed Martin’s M270 and HIMARS launchers are deployed with more than 20 nations including the US, the UK, Greece, Italy, South Korea, Germany, Romania, Poland and France.