Lockheed Wins Army’s $2.8B Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Contract

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Lockheed Wins Army’s $2.8B Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Contract
Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Contract

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has won a U.S. Army contract valued ~2.8 billion for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS).

The deal announced Friday covers GMLRS Alternative Warhead rocket pods, GMLRS Unitary Warhead rocket pods, Low-Cost Reduced Range Practice rocket pods, cybersecurity services, integrated product support and other services.

The company describes the Guided MLRS as a “rapidly-deployable, long-range, surface-to-surface, precision-strike capability.” It is fired from both the MLRS M270 family of launchers and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers. Six Guided MLRS rockets per launch pod, with 2 pods carried by the M270 launchers and 1 pod carried by the HIMARS launchers.

Current Guided MLRS variants include:

Guided MLRS Unitary: The Guided MLRS Unitary round integrates a 200-pound unitary warhead, providing precision strike for point targets. The Unitary variant has a range exceeding 70 km.

Guided MLRS Alternative Warhead (AW): The Guided MLRS AW round was the first munition developed to service area targets without the effects of unexploded ordnance, complying with the U.S. Department of Defense cluster munitions policy and international policies. The AW variant has a range exceeding 70 km and delivers a 200-pound class fragmenting warhead.

Extended-Range (ER) Guided MLRS: A new developmental variation of the Guided MLRS family, ER GMLRS offers an extended range out to 150 km in all weather conditions. ER GMLRS shares significant commonality with legacy Guided MLRS, and is deployable by HIMARS and the MLRS M270 family of launchers. The rounds incorporate a larger motor and have enhanced maneuverability due to tail-driven control.

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