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Lockheed Martin to upgrade additional Army MLRS artillery systems to fire advanced ATACMS and PrSM missiles

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – Artillery fire support experts from Lockheed Martin Corp. will refurbish M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) field artillery systems for the U.S. military as part of a $33 million order announced in late April.

Army Contracts Command officials at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama are directing the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Segment in Grand Prairie, Texas to upgrade decommissioned M270A1 and M270A0 MLRS artillery pieces to the new M270A2 setup.

The MLRS is a mobile, heavy-tracked launcher, transportable via C-17 and C-5 aircraft, that fires guided MLRS rockets and missiles from the Army’s Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).

The M270A2 MLRS configuration will also be able to fire the Army’s future PrSM (Precision Strike Missile) and GMLRS extended-range missiles, which are under development.

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The M270A2 is an improved variant of the Lockheed Martin M270 MLRS. The A2 version includes the Common Fire Control System (CFCS), as well as new engine, transmission, launcher-loader and improved armored cabin modules.

The CFCS will be common to the Army’s MLRS and the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The CFCS will help the MLRS fire the extended range GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) munition, which has a range of nearly 94 miles, and is expected to see future improvements in sensors, propulsion and navigation.

The Army ordered the first batch of 50 M270A2 upgrade kits under a $362 million contract in April 2019. Army chiefs say they plan to upgrade 225 existing M270A1s and 160 M270A0 rocket launchers decommissioned this decade, which should extend the life of the MLRS by at least 2050.

On this order, Lockheed Martin will perform the work in Grand Prairie and New Boston, Texas; and Camden, Ark., and is expected to be complete by May 2026. For more information, contact Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control online at www.lockheedmartin.comor the Army Contracts Command to www.army.mil/ACC.