The Indian Air Force will be better equipped to defend air bases after delivery of its first armoured vehicles from Ashok Leyland.
US Army issues major GMLRS contract
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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