The US Army has awarded a $1.13bn contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS) rockets.
The contract covers the manufacture of more than 9,500 GMLRS unitary and alternative-warhead (AW) rockets and over 300 low-cost reduced-range practice rockets (RRPRs).
It will require the company to supply GMLRS rockets for the US Army and international customers.
The company will also be responsible for the provision of GMLRS associated equipment and integrated logistics support.
Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control precision fires and combat manoeuvre systems vice-president Gaylia Campbell said: “The demand for GMLRS rounds, both domestically and internationally, continues to remain strong based on the excellent performance of the munition.
“Our primary focus with GMLRS is to continue producing these combat-proven munitions at a rate that meets the demands of our customers.”
Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s US facilities in Camden in Arkansas, Ocala in Florida, and Dallas and Lufkin in Texas.
The company is expected to complete the work by July 2021.
Each GMLRS all-weather rocket is designed for integration into Multiple Launch Rocket System pods and fired from Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System or M270 family of launchers during combat missions.
GMLRS Alternative Warhead was developed to service area targets sets without manufacturing unexploded ordnance.
The GMLRS unitary rockets exceed the required combat reliability rate and the RRPR are suitable for smaller testing ranges and allow limited flight range training with realistic, full-motored rockets.
In May 2018, the US Army awarded an $828m contract to Lockheed Martin for GMLRS rocket Lot 13 production.