Lockheed Martin has awarded a $14 million contract to Orbital ATK to produce its Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead (AW) for the US Army.
In tests, the Orbital ATK warheads with Lethality Enhanced Ordnance (LEO) technology achieved the Army’s stated requirements for area effects, but left behind no unexploded ordnance, a major accomplishment for this warhead design.
The GMLRS AW Engineering, Manufacturing and Development team recently completed all Developmental Test/Operational Test flight tests, demonstrating the full functionality of the LEO design and ability to meet the GMLRS requirements.
“This type of warhead represents a significant capability for the Army,” said Pat Nolan, Vice President and General Manager for Orbital ATK’s Missile Products Division of the Defense Systems Group. “We are very excited to be part of the Lockheed Martin GMLRS program fielding this technology and its many applications within the military.”
In addition to its application in the GMLRS, Orbital ATK’s LEO technology has been successfully tested on warheads ranging in size from 0.5 to 250 pounds. These warheads include the Small Organic Precision Munition, M1061 mortar round, 155mm unitary cannon cluster munition replacement and the Small Diameter Bomb.