Army issues sources-sought notice for follow-on PrSM contract

By Dan Schere / April 24, 2023 at 5:09 PM

The Army last week issued a sources-sought notice for a follow-on production contract for the first increment of the Precision Strike Missile.

PrSM, part of the Army’s Long Range Precision Fires modernization objective, was approved by the Defense Acquisition Executive in November 2013, according to a notice posted April 20. Over the course of the next several years, the Army conducted an analysis of alternatives, awarded studies to industry and invited companies to provide demonstrations of the technology.

In September 2021, PrSM passed milestone B, meaning it could transition to the engineering and manufacturing development stage. Lockheed Martin was awarded a $62 million contract modification for the EMD phase, Inside Defense reported.

Increment 1 of the PrSM will “attack, neutralize, suppress and destroy targets using missile delivered indirect precision fires,” according to the Army. Pentagon budget justification materials state the service has an Army Acquisition Objective of 3,986 PrSM missiles, and the current AAO is for Increment 1. The Army has included $384 million for the procurement of 110 PrSM missiles for FY-24.

The follow-on contract will be for the production of “634 assets of the PrSM Increment 1 system” over 48 months, according to the notice. It states that the contract will fulfill a requirement to “provide the most capable and modernized artillery battalions for employment across land domains.” The follow-on will likely be a sole-source contract, it states.

The Army is asking industry to reply to the notice by April 30.

Doug Bush, the Army’s top acquisition official, told Congress last week that Increment 1 could be “a very good candidate” for a multiyear procurement effort in the future.