US Army awards $331.8m Lot 11 GMLRS production contract to Lockheed

19 June 2016 (Last Updated June 19th, 2016 18:30)

The US Army has awarded a $331.8m contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS) ammunition.

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The US Army has awarded a $331.8m contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS) ammunition.

The contract will require the company to supply GMLRS rockets for the US Army and Marine Corps, as well as foreign military sales to Israel, Finland, Jordan and Singapore.

It also covers the production of GMLRS alternative warhead rockets, GMLRS unitary rockets and reduced-range practice rockets (RRPRs).

Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control tactical missiles vice-president Ken Musculus said: "Our domestic and international customers continue to display their confidence in this combat-proven system by placing orders for the family of MLRS munitions, including the new GMLRS Alternative Warhead round.

"Guided MLRS is trusted, reliable and affordable."

Fired from the HIMARS or M270 family of launchers, GMLRS all-weather rocket delivers precision strike beyond the reach of most conventional weapons.

"Our domestic and international customers continue to display their confidence in this combat-proven system."

The new GMLRS Alternative Warhead (AW) was the first munition developed to service area targets without the effects of unexploded ordinance.

GMLRS unitary rockets are said to exceed the required combat reliability rate, while RRPR allows users to train with realistic, full-motored rockets with limited flight range, making them suitable for smaller testing ranges.

GMLRS is an international cooperative programme among the US, France, Germany, Italy and the UK, and is supported by other international customers, such as Japan, Jordan, Singapore and the UAE.

To date, Lockheed Martin has produced more than 30,000 GMLRS rockets at its facility in Camden, US.


Image: A guided multiple launch rocket system fires a 227mm rocket at a building near the northern Iraqi city of Bayji. Photo: courtesy of Rick Rzepka, US Army.