Lockheed Martin received an $828 million contract from the US Army for the production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and associated equipment.
The contract calls for the production of GMLRS Alternative Warhead (AW) rockets, GMLRS Unitary rockets, Reduced-Range Practice Rockets (RRPRs) and integrated logistics support for the US Army as well as GMLRS rounds for a number of international customers.
"The GMLRS round continues to perform exceptionally well for our customers," said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin. "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."
GMLRS is an all-weather rocket designed for fast deployment that delivers precision strike beyond the reach of most conventional weapons. The GMLRS AW was the first munition developed to service area targets without the effects of unexploded ordinance, complying with the DoD cluster munitions policy. GMLRS Unitary rockets greatly exceed the required combat reliability rate and have established a reputation for affordability. The RRPR allows users to train with realistic, full-motored rockets with limited flight range, making them ideal for smaller testing ranges.
In combat operations, each GMLRS rocket is packaged in an MLRS launch pod and is fired from the Lockheed Martin HIMARS or M270 family of launchers.