Lockheed Martin Receives $4 Million Contract for MLRS Reduced-Range Practice Rockets
DALLAS, TX, January 7th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has received a contract for $4 million for Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Reduced-Range Practice Rocket Pods (RRPRs). The U.S. Marine Corps, the Republic of Korea and the nation of Egypt are all purchasing rockets under this contract. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is responsible for the contracting activity. Each MLRS RRPR pod contains six ballistic rockets.
"The RRPRs, used in training, have a maximum range of approximately nine miles and a minimum range of about five miles, making it ideal for firing on some of the smaller cannon artillery ranges," said Ron Abbott, Lockheed Martin vice president - Fire Support Programs. The reduced-range practice rockets also provide for ground impact smoke (rather than air-burst smoke) in the target area. They can be fired from the MLRS M270 and M270A1 launchers and the new High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher.
In 2000, the U.S. Marine Corps joined the HIMARS program. The Marine Corps will undergo a Technology Demonstration to evaluate the system, with the objective of fully incorporating HIMARS into the Corps. The Marines will conduct live fires with RRPRs next year as they develop and refine tactics, techniques and procedures. Korea first purchased the MLRS system in 1997, and this year Egypt became the latest country to acquire MLRS.