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Lockheed Martin contract to produce spare parts of M142 HIMARS MLRS for US and foreign countries.

| 2020

According to a contract released by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) on September 4, 2020, American company Lockheed Martin Missile Fire Controls, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $23,067,054 modification contract for the purchase of production parts for the production of M142 HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers.
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U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, conduct dry fire drills with an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during exercise Caged Hydra on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, May 20, 2020. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

Work will be performed in Camden, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2019 missile procurement (Army) funds; 2020 United States Marine Corp funds; and 2020 Foreign Military Sales (Romania, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Finland) funds in the amount of $23,067,054 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a combat-proven, wheeled artillery system that is rapidly deployable via C-13 military transport aircraft and operable in all weather and visibility conditions. The HIMARS is mounted on a five-ton modified Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) 6x6 chassis. The wheeled chassis allows for faster road movement and lower operating costs and requires far fewer strategic airlifts (via C-130 or C-17) to transport a firing battery than the tracked M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) that it replaces.

The M142 provides responsive, highly accurate, and extremely lethal surface-to-surface rocket and missile fires from 15 to 300 kilometers. It can fire all ammunition in the current and planned suite of the MLRS family of munitions (MFOM), including Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles and Guided MLRS (GMLRS) rockets.

The M142 HIMARS carries either six rockets or one missile, is self-loading and self-locating, and is operated by a three-man crew protected from launch exhaust/debris and ballistic threats by an armored man-rated cab. It operates within the MLRS command, control, and communication structure.

The M142 HIMARS is now in service with the United States, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Poland, Finland, and Romania. Other countries including Canada, Qatar, and the Philippines has requested the United States to acquire M142 HIMARS.

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