Lockheed Martin Conducts Third Successful Test of Guided MLRS Unitary Rocket
DALLAS, TX, 09-DEC-04 --
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted the third flight test of a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., today.
Test objectives included collection of flight thermal data using the radome; demonstration of the GMLRS Unitary rocket under cold-conditioning; and demonstration of improved guidance software during a long-range mission. All test objectives were achieved.
Guided MLRS Unitary integrates a 180-pound unitary warhead into the GMLRS rocket, giving battlefield commanders the ability to attack targets up to 70 kilometers away with high precision. The warhead will have a tri-mode fuse which allows airburst, point-impact and delay modes for penetrator capability. This low-cost, low-risk program will greatly reduce collateral damage by providing enhanced accuracy to ensure delivery of the warhead to the target.
“Guided MLRS Unitary is a spiral development effort that provides the U.S. Army with a low-cost solution for long range precision attacks,” said Al Duchesne, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s director – MLRS Rocket Programs. “The GMLRS system has been successfully fired from the MLRS M270A1 platform, as well as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), and will be a valuable asset for the current force. And its modular design will allow for future growth as well.”
Lockheed Martin received a $119 million contract to conduct System Development and Demonstration (SDD) for a GMLRS variant with a single warhead in October 2003. The SDD contract includes 86 rockets, 71 of which are flight articles, with the balance supporting test and other activities. The contract also provides test hardware to support 26 flight tests for an initial configuration and 39 flight tests of a follow-on configuration.
The SDD phase of this program was preceded by a successful system demonstration in 2002 of a Quick Reaction Unitary Rocket and a nine-month Component Advanced Development program. The Guided Unitary SDD program will continue through 2007.