Lockheed Martin successfully conducted four separate flight tests of Guided
Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket recently at White Sands
Missile Range, New Mexico, concluding the first phase of the Production
Qualification Testing requirement series for the contract.
Test objectives included demonstrating the capability of GMLRS Unitary rockets
in point detonate and proximity modes at short and long range against tactically
representative targets. These missions were the last in a series of GMLRS
Unitary Phase I Production Qualification Tests (PQT) of the GMLRS Unitary
Phase II improvements to the GMLRS Unitary will include fuzing and software
upgrades to enhance effectiveness and Insensitive Munitions (IM) upgrades to
provide the Soldier added safety in a hostile environments.
Guided MLRS Unitary integrates a 200-pound class unitary warhead into the GMLRS
rocket, giving battlefield commanders the ability to attack targets up to 70
kilometers away with high precision. This low-cost, low-risk program will
greatly reduce collateral damage by providing enhanced accuracy to ensure
delivery of the warhead to the target.
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. The SDD contract includes 86 rockets, 71 of which are flight articles,
with the balance supporting test and other activities. The contract also
provides test hardware to support 26 flight tests for an initial configuration
and 39 flight tests of a follow-on configuration.
The SDD phase of this program was preceded by a successful system demonstration
in 2002 of a Quick Reaction Unitary Rocket and a nine-month Component Advanced
Development program. The Guided Unitary SDD program will continue through 2007.
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