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Lockheed Martin Corp.
Lockheed Martin reported successful flight tests of Guided Multiple Launch
Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rockets in three separate tests conducted
recently as part of the Production Qualification Test (PQT) flight test
series. The tests demonstrated the capability of the GMLRS Unitary rocket in
the point detonation, delay and proximity modes at short and long range. The
unitary warhead of the GMLRS has tri-modes of operation allowing airburst,
point-impact and delay detonation.
Lockheed Martin received a $119 million contract to conduct System
Development and Demonstration (SDD) for a GMLRS variant with a single
warhead in October 2003. With $12.5 million received in early 2005 to
accelerate the program, SDD isexpected to continue through 2007. A total of
498 GMLRS Unitary rockets will be delivered to satisfy Urgent Need Statement
(UNS) requested by the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM). GMLRS
Unitary is considered to be more effective, yet a safer to handle and store.
Guided Unitary is proving to be one of the most highly effective munitions
in our troops' arsenal in theater, it integrates a 180-pound unitary warhead
into the GMLRS rocket, giving battlefield commanders the ability to attack
targets up to 70 kilometers away with high precision.