The US military has reward Northrop Grumman a $533.9 million multi-option artillery rocket contract.
The contract runs through July 26, 2027, and work locations and funding will be determined with each order, the Department of Defense said in a procurement notice.
The M782 Multi-Option Artillery Rocket (MOFA) supports all types of 105mm and 155mm artillery projectiles.
Works in four modes
The MOFA can operate in four modes: Proximity, Precision Time, Impact, and Delay, and can be set anytime between 0.5 and 199.9 seconds in 0.1 second increments.
The MOFA is automatically predefined prior to launch via an inductive communications link such as the M1155 Handheld Inductive Rocket Setter or TM 9-1290-210-12&P. The rocket setter also confirms the mission data transferred to the rocket.
Offers greater lethality
A proximity fuze such as the M782 would have features a more sophisticated trigger mechanism than contact or timed fuzes, providing up to ten times more lethality.
The notice of solicitation Published in 2021 said the US government intends to procure up to 50,000 rockets.