Monday, November 16, 2020

Lockheed Martin achieves HIMARS delivery milestone

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin has achieved a milestone with the delivery of the 500th High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, better known as HIMARS.

“We’ve delivered the 500th High Mobility Artillery Rocket System – an effort spanning our team and more than 200 suppliers across 35 states,” Lockheed Martin said in a Facebook post Thursday.

As noted by the company, in service since 2005, the launcher has demonstrated its capability and reliability throughout nearly two decades supporting U.S. and international partners in combat operations all over the world.

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With its adaptable capabilities and ongoing integrations and advancements, this launcher is in high demand throughout the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, and many of our Allies and global partners. With the U.S. Army committing to its use through 2050, HIMARS will continue to be produced for years to come.

On Sept. 28, the 500th HIMARS launcher rolled out of the Precision Fires Center of Excellence. Thousands of hours of manpower helped make HIMARS what it is today.

HIMARS carries a single six-pack of GMLRS rockets or one TACMS missile on the Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) 5-ton truck, and can launch the entire MLRS family of munitions.

In the near future, the HIMARS will receive a next-generation, long-range precision-strike missile designed for the U.S. Army’s PrSM program.

The PrSM is LM’s new surface-to-surface weapon system that will deliver enhanced capabilities to attack, neutralize, suppress and destroy targets using missile-delivered indirect fires out to 499+ kilometers. PrSM provides the Joint Force Commander with increased range, lethality, survivability and missile load out. These enhanced capabilities are critical to the successful execution of Fires in support of Multi-Domain Operations.

Lockheed Martin’s PrSM missile contains an insensitive munition (IM) propulsion system and IM energetic payload capable of defeating the PrSM target set. It also features an open systems architecture design for maximum affordability and flexibility, is modular for future growth and HIMARS and M270 compatible.

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