Lightweight Rocket Launchers Contracted by U.S. Army

With a recent contract to produce its lightweight High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated hardware, a global security and aerospace company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, now has the equipment in the inventories of four international partners.

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $218 million contract to deliver 18 HIMARS launchers to an unnamed international customer by December 2020. The HIMARS vehicles will be produced from the ground up at Lockheed Martin’s award-winning Camden, Arkansas, Precision Fires Center of Excellence.

HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher, transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment, that fires Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles. HIMARS consists of a launcher loader module and fire control system mounted on a five-ton truck chassis. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system.

Photo: Lockheed Martin

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