Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.14 Billion for GMLRS Rockets

Lockheed Martin Corp. was awarded a contract modification, worth $1.14 billion, to supply Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets to U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, Romania and the Republic of Korea.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Redstone Arsenal (RSA), Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-18-C-0049 – P00038). Fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 procurement appropriations, Army, and 2020 Foreign Military Sales (Romania and the Republic of Korea) funds for the modification amount were obligated at the time of the award.

Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2022.

GMLRS is an all-weather rocket designed for fast deployment that delivers precision strike beyond the reach of most conventional weapons.

In combat operations, each GMLRS rocket is packaged in an MLRS launch pod and is fired from the Lockheed Martin-produced HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) or M270 MLRS family of launchers. GMLRS was established as an international cooperative program among the U.S. and allied nations.

Current GMLRS variants include:

GMLRS Unitary: The combat-proven GMLRS Unitary round integrates a 200-pound unitary warhead, providing precision strike for point targets. The Unitary variant has a range exceeding 70 kilometers.

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

Extended-Range (ER) GMLRS: A new developmental variation of the GMLRS family, ER GMLRS offers an extended range out to 150 kilometers in all weather conditions. ER GMLRS shares a significant commonality with legacy GMLRS 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.

The Reduced-Range Practice Rockets (RRPR) allows users to train with realistic, full-motored rockets with limited flight range, making them ideal for smaller testing ranges.

Lockheed Martin has produced more than 30,000 GMLRS rockets at its facility in Camden.



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