Lockheed Martin has received a $492 million contract to supply M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated hardware to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Romania and Poland.
The contract marks Poland’s first acquisition of HIMARS launchers. The country was cleared to procure 20 M142 launchers by the U.S. State Department in November last year.
The fixed-price-incentive contract was awarded by the U.S. U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Redstone Arsenal (RSA), Alabama. The support requirements include Product Data Definition Package Maintenance, training, support equipment, qualification testing, initial spares/repair parts and software.
The HIMARS vehicles will be produced from the ground up at Lockheed Martin’s award-winning Camden, Ark., Precision Fires Center of Excellence. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the remaining contract work will be performed in Boca Raton, Florida; Budd Lake, New Jersey; Whippany, New Jersey; Dallas, Texas; Palm Bay, Florida; Archbald, Pennsylvania; York, Pennsylvania; Clearwater, Florida; Jackson, Mississippi; and Brownboro, Alabama.
The contract calls for the production and delivery of HIMARS launchers and associated equipment by 2022.
“Lockheed Martin is very pleased that Poland has procured its first HIMARS launchers,” said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires/Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin. “These new HIMARS launchers will provide unparalleled mobile firepower to light and early entry forces, and our allies can count on Lockheed Martin’s ongoing support in maintaining these combat-proven capabilities.”
HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher, transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment, that fires Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles.
The system consists of a launcher loader module and fire control system mounted on a five-ton truck chassis. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system.
HIMARS launchers have exceeded 1.4 million operating hours and are currently demonstrating an operational reliability over six times the specified requirement.