Lockheed to Upgrade U.S. Army, International M270 Launchers

Recapitalization will include a full system overhaul with new engines, enhanced armored cabs, and integration of the Common Fire Control System.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 05:52 AM, May 10, 2024
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Lockheed to Upgrade U.S. Army, International M270 Launchers
M270 Launcher @Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $451 million contract to further recapitalize M270 systems, expanding its domestic fleet of launchers and providing upgrades for global partners, including brand new engines.

This award follows an initial agreement issued in 2019 and subsequent contracts aimed at recapitalizing systems to enhance mission readiness through 2050. The procurement effort will bolster precision fires capability for global partners.

Recapitalization efforts will involve a complete overhaul and upgrades to the systems, including new engines, improved armored cabs, and integration of the new Common Fire Control System (CFCS) to ensure compatibility with current and future Munitions (MFOM) within the MLRS Family. Lockheed Martin's next-generation Extended-Range GMLRS and Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) can only be fired by M270A2 and HIMARS launchers.

The MLRS, a heavy tracked mobile launcher transportable via C-17 and C-5 aircraft, fires Guided MLRS rockets and Army Tactical Missile System missiles. Additionally, the MLRS will be capable of launching the Precision Strike Missile and Extended-Range GMLRS rockets, both of which are currently in development.