Lockheed Martin Wins GMLRS Contract $79.4 M

  • 12:00 AM, April 25, 2012
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Lockheed Martin will develop a new variant of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) incorporates a new warhead for the U.S Department of Defense. Under the terms of the contract, worth $79.4 million, the GMLRS Alternative Warhead Engineering and Manufacturing Development Program will run 36 months, and will focus on system performance and warhead qualification. GMLRS is an all-weather, precision-guided rocket that provides increased accuracy thus reducing the number of rockets necessary to defeat current targets. "We are eager to move forward with the Alternative Warhead Program and provide soldiers and marines with a precision-engagement capability that meets their evolving requirements," said Scott Arnold, vice president of precision fires for Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business. "GMLRS has been a trusted weapon of choice in current combat operations in Afghanistan, and continues to exceed operational-readiness requirements". The GMLRS alternative warhead is unitary and will perform as a drop-in replacement for the currently fielded Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition warhead. During live-fire testing by the U.S. Army, the ATK-designed Alternative Warhead demonstrated that it meets performance and mission requirements, reduces technical risk and matches current weapon flight characteristics without major modifications to the existing GMLRS delivery system.