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Land Warfare

US Army issues major GMLRS contract

29th March 2021 - 15:12 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System. (Photo: US Army PEO Missiles & Space)

$2.77 billion deal for Lockheed Martin includes Alternative Warhead and Unitary Warhead rocket pods.

The US Army has placed a major order with sole bidder Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket pods.

Work on the $2.77 billion contract from US Army Contracting Command should be completed by 31 October 2024.

The deal includes GMLRS Alternative Warhead (AW) rocket pods, GMLRS Unitary Warhead (UW) rocket pods, Low-Cost Reduced Range Practice rocket pods, cybersecurity services, integrated product support and other services.

GMLRS AW is a non-cluster munition for the engagement of imprecisely located area targets.

The GMLRS UW variant integrates a unitary warhead with a multi-mode fuze to expand the MLRS target set. Shephard Defence Insight notes that UW is designed to hit point targets within urban and complex environments with minimal collateral damage.

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