Bethesda, MD based Lockheed Martin received an $828 million contract with the U.S. Army. The “not-to-exceed” contract is for the production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (abbreviated as GMLRS) Alternative Warhead rockets, GMLRS Unitary rockets, Reduce Range Practice rockets and other related support equipment. The equipment is slated for use by the U.S. military for combat and combat training as well as for sale to international clients. Manufacturing and other contract related activities for these rockets will take place at Lockheed’s facilities in Dallas, Texas and the Precision Fires “Center of excellence” located in Camden, Arkansas.
Vice president of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems Gaylia Campbell said that their customers were extremely satisfied with the performance of the GMLRS rockets. “The GMLRS round continues to perform exceptionally well for our customers,” said Campbell “And we are always executing continuous improvement initiatives to enhance performance, range, and affordability of these critical rounds to assure they remain the preferred precision-strike option for our warfighters.”
The GMLRS is designed for use in all weather conditions and can be deployed fast, for precisely striking targets which cannot be reached using most conventional weapons. The Department of Defense (DoD) had made a policy decision that it would no longer use cluster ammunition at the end of 2018, as more than one percent of the ammunition did not explode and remained lethal for years, posing a threat to civilians. The AW GMLRS was developed to comply with this policy by minimizing unexploded ammunition. The unitary GMLRS rockets with a single explosive charge have a reliability rate which greatly exceeds the required reliability levels and are extremely affordable. The RRPR, designed for training purposes, are realistic fully motorized rockets with a shorter flight range for use in testing ranges of limited size. During combat operations, each GMLRS rocket is combined with a MLRS-type launch pod and then fired from Lockheed Martin’s’ M270 or HIMARS family of rocket launchers. For over 40 years, the company’s division for Fire Control and Missiles has been considered the gold standard in design and manufacture of surface-to-surface, long-range strike weapons. The company supplies extremely reliable systems like ATACMS, HIMARS, MLRS and GMLRS to domestic and international customers worldwide and the effectiveness of these systems has been proven repeatedly in combat.
Lockheed Martin is one of the largest American companies in the aerospace, defense equipment, military supplies, security and advanced technologies sector, and focuses on research, development, design, manufacturing, integration and other support for high tech products, systems and services used mainly in the defense sector. The company was founded in 1955 has approximately 100,000 employees worldwide.
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