Modification to HIMARS contract will procure up to 215 additional launchers

By Dan Schere / June 13, 2024 at 12:19 PM

A modification to a contract for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System will procure up to 215 additional launchers through fiscal year 2028, according to the Army.

On May 8 the Army awarded Lockheed Martin an $861 million firm-fixed-price contract for 96 HIMARS launcher. That contract represented the “authorized base year funding value” for FY-24, according to Lockheed.

The Army awarded Lockheed a $1.9 billion modification on June 3 for additional HIMARS systems with a completion date of May 31, 2028 according to a Pentagon notice.

With the contract modification, the government’s “approved contract ceiling” of $2.79 billion for FY-24 through FY-28 procures a total of up to 311 HIMARS, according to a statement from the Army provided to Inside Defense June 12. That total consists of the 96 systems from the May 8 award, and the remaining $1.93 billion, which procures up to 215 additional systems from FY-25 through FY-28.

“The current and planned contract awards support US and international customer requirements,” the Army said in the statement.

HIMARS are among the weapon systems the United States has been sending to Ukraine as part of the security assistance packages to aid the country in its conflict with Russia. A $225 million weapons package announced by the Defense Department on June 7 included HIMARS ammunition.

HIMARS quantities awarded under the recent contract “will be based on future demand over the coming years,” according to a statement from Lockheed. The procurement “expands the U.S. Army’s fleet of launchers and will fulfill orders for global partners.”