(PRNewswire) Lockheed Martin has received a $471 million contract from the U.S. Army for production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets. The contract calls for the production of GMLRS Alternative Warhead rockets, GMLRS Unitary rockets, Reduced-Range Practice Rockets (RRPRs) and integrated logistics support for the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales.
Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Camden, Arkansas, and Dallas, Texas. All production deliveries are anticipated to be completed by the summer of 2019.
GMLRS is an all-weather rocket designed for fast deployment and precise strikes. The new GMLRS Alternative Warhead was the first munition developed to service area targets without the effects of unexploded ordinance, complying with DoD cluster munitions policy. GMLRS Unitary rockets have established a reputation for affordability and reliability, while the RRPR allows for training with realistic, full-motored rockets with limited flight range.
In combat operations, each GMLRS rocket is packaged in an MLRS launch pod and is fired from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) or the M270 family of launchers. GMLRS was established as an international cooperative program among the U.S. and allied nations.
Lockheed Martin has produced more than 30,000 GMLRS rockets at its facility in Camden. The company's Camden Operations has received more than 60 awards over the last decade, including the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Shingo Silver Medallion Award for Operation Excellence.