Lockheed awarded $332M contract for guided rockets

By Nickolai Sukharev / May 13, 2024 at 10:57 AM

Lockheed Martin received a $332 million contract to manufacture the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System for the Army, the Defense Department announced Friday.

In a modification to a 2022 indefinite-delivery contract, the Maryland-based company will build the rockets by an estimated completion date of Oct. 20, 2027, while the “work locations and funding will be determined with each order,” the May 10 announcement reads.

Launched from the ground, the GMLRS is a GPS guided rocket designed to hit targets up to 70km. The rocket can have a unitary warhead or cluster-like effects warhead and has an extended-range variant.

Earlier this month, the Army delayed design reviews and flight tests for the extended-range variant, Darrell Ames, a spokesperson at the program executive office for missile and space programs, wrote in an email to Inside Defense.

In January, the Army also proceeded with a production “cut-in” for the current batch of the Extended Range GMLRS variant to implement an engineering change proposal that will extend the maximum range of the missile from 70km to 150km.

The GMLRS is part of a family of munitions along with the Army Tactical Missile System and Precision Strike Missile that can be launched from the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

The Army plans to spend approximately $1.2 billion to 1.4 billion on the GMLRS between fiscal years 2025-2029, according to service budget documents.

The GMLRS will also be included in the Army’s multiyear procurement in the fourth quarter of FY-24, which is estimated to save $67.6 million, according to a service spokesperson, who spoke with Inside Defense in April.

Since February 2022, the U.S. has included the GMLRS as part of military aid for Ukraine as the country counters an invasion from Russia.