Lockheed Martin‘s Extended-Range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS) rockets have demonstrated effectiveness in a recent test, doubling their range and showcasing their enhanced capabilities.

In a leap forward for US military technology, the US Army successfully tested Lockheed Martin’s Extended-Range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS) at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The demonstration, which saw two ER GMLRS rockets fired from the US Army’s HIMARS launcher, surpassed expectations by doubling the range while maintaining accuracy and flight trajectory.

The achievement marks a milestone in developing next-generation munitions, with the ER GMLRS rockets showcasing their ability to engage targets over extended distances precisely. Jay Price, vice president for Precision Fires at Lockheed Martin, emphasised the significance of the test results, stating: “The Army’s success in this operational test further demonstrates the readiness of ER GMLRS and overall capability of our family of munitions.”

Last year, the US Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $4.79bn contract for producing two full-rate production lots of GMLRS rockets and associated equipment. 

Beyond the test’s immediate success, the operational demonstration moves ER GMLRS closer to deployment and mass production. With plans to manufacture the rockets at Lockheed Martin’s Precision Fires Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas, the company is poised to meet the increasing demand for advanced munitions systems.

Lockheed Martin’s commitment to munitions production is evident in its track record, having produced over 70,000 GMLRS rounds. Under annual contracts, the company continues to provide integrated logistics support for the US Army, US Marine Corps, and international customers, ensuring these systems’ continued availability and reliability.

Australia announced plans to commence production of GMLRS munitions in 2025. Under an A$37.4m contract with Lockheed Martin Australia, the country will produce its first batch of GMLRS missiles

As geopolitical tensions persist and military requirements evolve, the successful test of Lockheed Martin’s ER GMLRS rockets signals an advancement in military capability. It provides defence forces with enhanced range options and precision engagement capabilities. With continued investment in research and development, Lockheed Martin bolsters national security and global stability.