The army has modernised its strike capability after accepting an upgraded rocket launch system into service.
Lockheed Martin has announced the delivery of its first Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) M270A2 launcher to the US Army during a ceremony held at the Precision Fires Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas.
The capability, developed in partnership with the Red River Army Depot, features a new 600 horsepower engine, an improved armoured cab, and a Common Fire Control System (CFCS).
These enhancements are expected to enable the deployment of munitions like the Extended-Range GMLRS and the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), supporting operations through to 2050.
The M270A2 is billed as a heavy-tracked mobile launcher, transportable via C-17 and C-5 aircraft — enabling Joint All Domain Operations (JADO).
The launcher and its munitions are designed to defeat artillery, air defence concentrations, trucks, light armour and personnel carriers at a greater range.
According to Lockheed Martin, the enhanced MLRS M270A2 launcher can engage and relocate at high speed, reducing detection risks.
"This delivery represents a significant milestone for Lockheed Martin as the modernised system will support the army and allied partners for decades to come," Jay Price, vice president of precision fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said.
"Our award-winning Camden facility continues to produce world-class vehicles, and this newest M270A2 launcher will continue our legacy of combat-proven reliability."
Lockheed Martin recently secured launcher production contracts from international customers, including the United Kingdom.
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