Lockheed Martin's Guided MLRS Rockets Successful in First GPS-Aided Flight Test at White Sands Missile Range
DALLAS, TX, March 20th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the U.S. Army successfully tested the new Guided version of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., with a two-round ripple firing using Global Positioning System- (GPS) aided guidance. Both Guided MLRS rockets performed nominally. The two rockets were launched from an MLRS M270 Improved Position Determining System launcher, flew less than 20 kilometers to the target area and dispensed their submunition payloads. Major test objectives included the successful launch of the rockets from the launcher, nominal motor performance, tail fin deployment and navigation performance. Preliminary data indicate that all test objectives were successfully achieved.
This is the fourth engineering and development test in a series of six. The EDT tests continue to meet or exceed all performance requirements.
"This is a very important step for both the Army and Missiles and Fire Control," said Ron Abbott, vice president - Fire Support for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This test clearly demonstrated the accuracy of the Guided MLRS design and expands the role of the MLRS Family of Munitions in land attack missions. The MLRS system has a superb legacy of performance, and Guided MLRS continues that tradition."
The Guided MLRS rocket program is an international cooperative program between the U.S., U. K., Italy, France and Germany.
The Guided MLRS rocket incorporates a GPS-aided inertial guidance package integrated on a product-improved rocket body. Additionally, small canards on the Guided rocket nose will provide basic maneuverability and enhance the accuracy of the system. Guided MLRS initial operational capability is scheduled for CY '05.
Guided MLRS is the next major step in the evolution of the MLRS Family of Munitions, offering advanced capabilities, reduced logistics support and precision attack. The rocket will have a range of approximately 60+ kilometers.
Employing more than 8,500 people, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with additional base operations in Orlando, Fla., and manufacturing and assembly facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif., Chelmsford, Mass., Camden, Ark., Horizon City and Lufkin, Texas, Ocala, Fla., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and Troy, Ala. The company is a business unit of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Bethesda, Md.