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Lockheed Martin awarded USD 431 Mn contract to supply HIMARS to US Army and foreign allies.

| 2022

The U.S. Department of Defense on December 1 announced that Lockheed Martin was awarded a $430,930,711 fixed-price incentive contract for full-rate production of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and support services to satisfy an urgent need to support the Army and various Foreign Military Sales partners.
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M142 HIMARS (Picture source: U.S. Army)

Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Brownsboro, Alabama; Camden, Arkansas; Boca Raton, Clearwater and Palm Bay, Florida; Whippany, New Jersey; Archbald and York, Pennsylvania; and Dallas and Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2025. Fiscal 2023 missile procurement, Army funds in the amount of $209,348,720 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

The M142 HIMARS (M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a light multiple rocket launcher (MLRS) developed in the late 1990s for the U.S. Army and mounted on a standard Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) truck chassis.

The HIMARS carries one pod with either six GMLRS rockets or one ATACMS missile. It is capable of launching all rockets specified in the Multiple Launch Rocket System Family of Munitions (MFOM). HIMARS ammunition pods are interchangeable with the M270 MLRS; however, it is limited to a single pod as opposed to the standard two for the M270 and its variants.

The launcher can be transported by Airbus A400M Atlas and Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The FMTV truck that transports the HIMARS was initially produced by BAE Systems Mobility & Protection Systems (formerly Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group Tactical Vehicle Systems Division), the original equipment manufacturer of the FMTV. It was produced by the Oshkosh Corporation from 2010 to 2017. Both chassis and launcher system are now produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control in Camden, Arkansas

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