Lockheed Martin receives $183 million HIMARS contract modification

Photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Gayle
Two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems from 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment prepare for live-fire exercises during Operation Thunderstruck Jan. 29, 2020 at Holland Drop Zone, Fort Bragg, N.C. Operation Thunderstruck is an exercise conducted to maintain readiness of 3-321 FAR’s ability to provide long range precision firepower. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Gayle, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Lockheed Martin Missile Fire Controls, a business unit of Lockheed Martin, has received a $183 million contract modification for M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers.

The contract modification, award from U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, is a follow-up to a contract initially awarded earlier.

Work will be performed in Camden, Arizona; and Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2023.  Fiscal 2020 U.S. Marine Corps and Foreign Military Sales (Romania) funds in the amount of $183,182,541 were obligated at the time of the award.

Offering Multiple Launch Rocket System firepower on a wheeled chassis, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System is the newest member of the MLRS launcher family. HIMARS carries a single six-pack of GMLRS rockets or one TACMS missile on the Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) 5-ton truck, and can launch the entire MLRS family of munitions.

HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher, transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment. HIMARS consists of a launcher loader module and fire-control system mounted on a standard five-ton truck chassis. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three occupants who operate the system.

HIMARS is the most technically advanced, affordable and sustainable artillery solution, according to Lockheed Martin.

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