General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) was awarded a modification to contract for the demilitarization and disposal of a quantity of 14,970 all-up rounds, or equivalent Multiple Rocket Launch System M26 rockets and components.
The contract modification, valued around $10.6 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command located in New Jersey. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Army) funds for the amount were obligated at the time of the award.
The work will be performed in Carthage, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2019.
M26 is the basic MLRS rocket. It is unguided with a range of 20 mi (32 km). It is armed with 644 M77 DPICM (Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions) anti-personnel/anti-materiel grenades, which are dispersed over the target in mid-air and detonate on impact.
There is a newer, guided DPICM-armed MLRS rocket called the M30.