Lockheed Martin's Guided MLRS Rockets Successful in Test at White Sands Missile Range
DALLAS,TX, February 8th, 2002 -- The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control successfully tested the new Guided version of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., on Wednesday, firing two rounds consecutively. Both rockets performed nominally. The rockets were launched from an MLRS M270 Improved Position Determining System (IPDS) launcher, and flew more than 35 kilometers to the target area dispensing their submunition payloads. Major test objectives included the successful launch of the rockets from the launcher, nominal motor performance, tail fin deployment and rotation, as well as navigation and telemetry performance.
"We continue to be quite pleased with the performance of this system and its potential for those who will use it," said Ron Abbott, vice president - Fire Support for Missiles and Fire Control. "Guided MLRS is a complex weapon system, but one that has exceeded our expectations, especially the guidance and control performance of the rocket. This is an extremely accurate rocket, as tests have repeatedly demonstrated."
The Guided MLRS rocket program is an international cooperative program between the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany.
The Guided MLRS rocket incorporates a global positioning system (GPS)-aided inertial guidance package integrated on a product-improved rocket body. Additionally, small canards on the Guided rocket nose provide basic maneuverability and enhance the accuracy of the system. Guided MLRS initial operational capability is scheduled for CY'05.
Guided MLRS is the next major step in the evolution of the MLRS Family of Munitions, offering advanced capabilities, reduced logistics support and precision attack. The rocket will have a range of approximately 60+ kilometers.
Located in Dallas, Orlando, Florida, and Sunnyvale, Calif., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control develops, manufactures and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket and space systems. The company is organized in seven program/mission areas: Strike Weapons, Air Defense, Anti-Armor, Naval Munitions, fire control and sensors, Fire Support and Product Development.
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