Lockheed Martin bags $194 Mn contract to upgrade M270 MLRS to M270A2 level

U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, has awarded a hybrid contract worth $194 Million approx. to Lockheed Martin Corp to upgrade M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) to the advanced M270A2 configuration. The contract includes both cost-plus-fixed-fee and fixed-price-incentive components.

The A2 version is equipped with a common fire control system, as well as new engine, transmission, launcher modules and improved armored cockpits.

Work on the project will be carried out in three locations, including Camden, Arkansas; Grand Prairie, Texas; and New Boston, Texas. The estimated completion date for the project is September 30, 2027.

The contract is funded by a combination of sources, including fiscal 2023 missile procurement funds for the Army, fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds for the United Kingdom, and fiscal 2023 FMS funds for Italy. The total amount of $194,121,470 was obligated at the time of the award.

About M270A2 – It is a 2019 upgrade program to the US Army variant, which includes the new Common Fire Control System (CFCS) to allow the use of thePrecison Strike Missile (PrSM). The update also includes a new 600 hp engine, upgraded and rebuilt transmission, and improved cabin armor protection. The U.S. Army will eventually upgrade its entire fleet of 225 M270A1 and an additional 160 decommissioned M270A0 launchers.

The latest version of M270 MLRS is capable of launching standard missiles for this system at a maximum range of 70 km, as well as Lockheed Martin Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) long-range tactical missile at a maximum range of 300 km.

The M270A2 uses the same crawler chassis as the American M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.

The cabin of the A2 version is higher and has reinforced armor to increase protection against the threat of small arms, shell fragments and improvised explosive devices.

The M270A2 can also fire GMLRS-ER (Extended Range Guided) missiles, which are a new generation for developing a family of guided missiles.

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