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LM Bags $331.7M FMS for GMLRS

Department of Defense & Industry Daily News

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $331.7 million foreign military sales contract by the US Army. The sale will see the company provide the defense departments of Israel, Singapore, Finland and Jordan with the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS ) which includes 290 alternative warhead rocket pods, 34 unitary rocket pods and 529 reduced range practice rocket pods. Work and delivery of the system is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018.


M270 MLRS 


The M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) entered service with the US Army in 1983. Production of this vehicle ceased in 2003. The M270 is currently in service with the US Army and a number of other countries. It is also a standard NATO multiple launch rocket system.

Guided Unitary MLRS Rocke @lockheedmartin.com

A unique feature of the M270 is that it has got no launching rails. Rockets are fired straight away from containers. Each disposable container holds 6 rockets. Rockets can be stored in containers without any maintenance for up to ten years. Vehicle carries two such containers with a total of 12 rockets.

The standard 227-mm HE-FRAG rocket is 3.96 m long and weights 307 kg. The M270 also fires two types of cluster rockets, fitted with anti-tank submunitions and the AT-2 anti-tank mines. Warheads are interchangeable. It also fires newly developed guided munitions at a range of 60 – 100 km.

MGM-140 ATACMS (Army TACtical Missile System)

The M270 MLRS can also launch MGM-140 ATACMS (Army TACtical Missile System) tactical missiles. The ATACMS has a range exceeding 150 km. Two of these missiles can be carried. Furthermore vehicle can carry a mix of one missile and a pack of six rockets.

Entered service 1983
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 24.56 t
Length 6.97 m
Width 2.97 m
Height 2.62 m
Caliber 227-mm
Number of tubes 12
Rocket weight 307 kg
Warhead weight 120 kg
Firing range 2 – 40 km
Full salvo duration 48 s
Reloading time 5 – 10 minutes
Engine Cummins VTA-903T diesel
Engine power 500 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 485 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1 m


One thought on “LM Bags $331.7M FMS for GMLRS

  1. Thomas GX (@BOMBOVA)

    this is a very dangerous System, i can see Jordan’s purchase, being useless, or controlled by some one else. it would be better, to have this engineering directed, ” with the money ” to Americas’ smart road systems, and computer traffic control systems



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