The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control a modification contract worth nearly $215 million to supply the M270A2 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). The award is part of a contract signed between the U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin with a total value of approximately $1.192 billion in April 2019 for the supply of hundreds of such systems.
The M270 is an armored, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher first introduced in the early 1980s. The A2, an upgraded variant, features a new engine, transmission, launcher-loader modules, and improved armored cabs. It also features a Common Fire Control System that will help enable the MLRS to fire the extended-range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) munition, which has a range of nearly 94 miles, and is expected to see future upgrades in sensors, propulsion, and navigation. The CFCS will be shared by the MLRS and the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).