US Army Awards Lockheed $615 Million HIMARS Launcher Contract
The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $615 million contract to produce High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated equipment.
The full-rate production contract will help fulfill US Army and international customer requirements and follows a similar $431 million contract awarded in December.
“We are working closely with our customers and suppliers to ramp production capacity and meet the urgent need for this combat-proven launcher,” Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control vice president Jay Price said.
“We’ve taken steps to shorten manufacturing lead time and we’re on track to meet increased capacity.”
GMLRS Contract Worth $4.79 Billion
Previously, Lockheed received a $4.79 billion contract from the army to produce two lots of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) and associated equipment.
The GMLRS is one of two primary HIMARS munitions capable of striking targets up to 150 kilometers (93.2 miles) away with an Extended-Range (ER) warhead.
The contract calls for the production of GMLRS Unitary and Alternative warheads that allow a range of over 70 miles (113 kilometers).
The 200-pound (91 kilograms) GMLRS Unitary warhead is used for precision strikes, while the Alternative warhead is for area targets.
“The increased demand for our Precision Fires products, like HIMARS and GMLRS, demonstrates the significant impact these game-changing capabilities are having for our customers,” Lockheed Martin vice president Paula Hartley said.