Lockheed Martin awarded $18m

Lockheed Martin has received an $18m contract for Low Cost Reduced-Range Practice Rockets (LCRRPR) for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS).

The contract calls for the delivery of 4,350 practice rockets for soldiers training to use GMLRS, for which the army has declared an ‘urgent in-theatre need’. Production on the contract will take place at the company’s facility in Camden, Arkansas.

‘These affordable practice rockets enable our soldiers to use realistic GMLRS munitions as they train, so when they are deployed and engage the enemy they will be able to fight as they trained,’ said Al Duchesne, Precision Guided Missiles program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

According to Lockheed Martin, the differences between the LCRRPR and the tactical rounds are that the LCRRPRs only have an 8-to-15km range, and do not carry live warheads. However, their size, shape and motor emulate a real GMLRS rocket launch, providing a realistic training experience. The LCRRPRs have no sensors or GPS package, so they cannot be used against real targets.