Lockheed Martin begins low-rate missile production

Lockheed Martin has received a $30 million contract to manufacture 156 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems for the US Army Aviation & Missile Command.

Lockheed Martin has received a $30 million Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract to begin producing Transformational Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) for the US Army Aviation & Missile Command.

The LRIP-1 contract call for the production of 156 GMLRS rockets and other items, including missile trainers, engineering support/services, logistics support, tooling and line start-up activities and technical publications. Lockheed Martin will also provide training courses designed to teach instructors, operators and maintenance personnel how to use and integrate GMLRS rockets. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 2004.

According to Lockheed Martin, GMLRS is an all-weather precision-guided rocket that provides increased accuracy, reducing the number of rockets necessary to defeat current targets by 80 percent.

The GMLRS rocket, viewed as transformational because of its increased precision and manoeuvrability, finished a 48-month System Development and Demonstration phase in December 2002 after successfully completing Production Qualification Flight Testing. The US Army is planning to produce more that 100,000 GMLRS rockets.

The GMLRS rocket program is an international co-operative program between the US, U.K., Italy, France and Germany. Production under this LRIP contract will take place at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Camden, Arkansas.