AUSA 2016: Lockheed Martin Showcasing its Long Range Precision Fire for the First Time

AUSA 2016
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Association of U.S. Army
Exhibition and Conference
3 - 5 October 2016
Washington D.C., United States
Lockheed Martin at AUSA 2016
AUSA 2016: Lockheed Martin Showcasing its Long Range Precision Fire for the First Time
Lockheed Martin was showcasing for the very first time a scale model representing the Long Range Precision Fire at the 2016 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. from October 3 – 5.
Long Range Precision Fires Lockheed Martin AUSA 2016 Cockerill 3030 Modular Turret on display at AUSA 2016
In August this year, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract to complete the initial phase for the new missile design Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) Flight Test Prototype Demonstration for the U.S. Army.

The LRPF is being developed as a cluster and insensitive munition-compliant system that replaces and improves upon ATACMS capabilities to provide Joint Force Commanders with a 24/7, all-weather, area target, long-range fires capability without placing aircraft and crews at risk. The mission of the LRPF System will be to attack, neutralize, suppress or destroy targets using missile delivered indirect precision fires. The LRPF will counter the enemy's ability to conduct combat maneuver and air defense operations. Targets include counter-fire, air defense, command and control, and other high payoff targets at all depths of the tactical battlefield.

Talking to Army Recognition during AUSA 2016, Misty Holmes, manager, business development, Tactical missiles / Combat Maneuver Systems, said "LRPF is being developped as an Army ATACMS replacement. It is designed to have extended range and with increased loadout of two missiles or more per pod to increase operational effectiveness".

Lockheed Martin's LRPF is designed for up to 499 km range, enhanced lethality and improved navigation. U.S. Army requirements include 300km range; specified lethality against the designated target set, a Launch Pod Missile Container (LPMC) that holds a minimum of two missiles; and compatibility with the existing launcher platforms (M270A1 and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)).