Lockheed to continue to LRPF Phase 2
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $73.8 million contract for Phase 2 of the US Army’s Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) programme, the company announced on 6 July.
LRPF Phase 2 includes technology maturation and risk reduction for the development of a prototype LRPF missile system. The LRPF system includes a Launch Pod Missile Container and a fully integrated surface-to-surface guided missile that will be compatible with the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System and M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers.
During the 36-month phase, Lockheed Martin will design, develop and fly multiple prototype missiles in anticipation of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the programme.
The US Army’s LRPF programme aims to provide combatant commanders with next-generation, long-range precision fires with ranges up to 499kms. The missile will be capable of striking time-sensitive and area targets.
Scott Greene, VP of precision fires for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said: ‘Lockheed Martin has invested heavily in leveraging our legacy of unrivaled performance and affordability on the combat-proven tactical missile system programme to create the next generation long-range precision engagement weapon.
‘We intend to demonstrate to our army customer that our LRPF solution will be the most cost-effective, precise and reliable munition to meet their future long-range engagement needs.’
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