The prime’s next-generation extended range rocket system is one step closer to production after completing a flight test as part of the final phase of its development.
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Lockheed Martin has completed the first systems qualification flight test of its Extended-Range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The missile was fired from the US Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, reportedly meeting all criteria in the short-range test flight, spanning approximately 59 kilometres to the target area.
“Our next-generation GMLRS provides versatility for commanders, offering a choice of munitions at longer distances with the same reliability and precision the system is known for,” Jay Price, vice president of Precision Fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said.
“This success advances the ER GMLRS closer to production as we complete the final phase of the development program.”
Lockheed Martin’s GMLRS is tipped to nearly double the range of the current munition while maintaining proven precision.
According to Lockheed Martin, testing confirmed flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to impact, as well as warhead lethality, HIMARS integration and overall missile performance.
The rocket pod also underwent stockpile-to-target sequence (STS) testing prior to launch, simulating cumulative effects the ER GMLRS will meet in the field between factory and launch for the life of the system, and demonstrating durability of the missile and launch pod container.
Lockheed Martin has produced more than 60,000 GMLRS rounds and has been contracted to produce more than 9,000 new GMLRS unitary and alternative warhead rockets.