Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the US Army for Lot 16 production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets.

Valued at $1.12bn, the contract also includes the manufacture of related equipment.

Work under the contract includes manufacturing more than 9,000 GMLRS Unitary and Alternative-Warhead (AW) rockets for the US Army, US Marine Corps (USMC) and other international customers.

The contract also includes more than 2,000 low-cost reduced-range practice rockets (RRPRs) and integrated logistics support.

Contract work will be carried out at the company’s facilities in the US states of Arkansas, Texas and Florida. It will be completed by September 2023.

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.

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Designed for fast deployment, it is an all-weather rocket capable of delivering precision strike ‘beyond the reach of most conventional weapons’.

It serves as the main round for the HIMARS and MLRS family of launchers that are also produced by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems vice-president Gaylia Campbell said: “GMLRS’s versatile rounds provide proven capability, unmatched accuracy and are engineered for future needs in support of Joint All-Domain Operations (JADO).

“GMLRS remains in high demand because it’s the right round for multiple types of missions. Our focus remains on producing the combat-proven, cost-effective GMLRS to meet our customers’ needs.”

Earlier this month, Lockheed Martin conducted a test of the new extended-range (ER) version of its ER GMLRS munition.

Recently, the company achieved a production milestone with the delivery of the 50,000th GMLRS to the US Army.