Lockheed Martin GIVES MISSILE UPDATE AT SOFEX
By Julian Nettlefold, Editor, BATTLESPACE
Joe Garland of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control told BATTLESPACE during SOFEX that the Missiles and Fire Control Segment of Lockheed Martin represents about 12 percent of the corporation’s turnover. In addition, Missiles and Fire Control expects their international turnover over the next several years to increase to about 30% of the their turnover. Today the international turnover within the corporation represents about 15%.
Morris Boyd Director of International Business Development told BATTLESPACE that there was considerable interest in the area for PAC-3, HIMARS and MLRS in particular.
“MLRS has developed from an unguided Cold War system to the precision strike system deployed today. We can supply the system with 2 pods of six rockets each or 2 pods with 1 ATACMS per pod.” The HIMARS uses the same fire control system as MLRS but mounted on a BAE Systems 5-ton truck chassis to provide better airportability and deployability. It is capable of carrying 1 pod of 6 rockets each or 1 ATACMS.”
“The ATACMS Block 1A unitary warhead system is undergoing an upgrade currently with all systems expected to be upgraded by 2030. Whilst the GMLRS has a range of up to 70kms, ATACMS has a range of up to 270kms with the 500lb warhead.
Other systems available to the warfighter include the Hellfire and DAGR systems mounted on Apache in particular and the javelin missile co-produced with Raytheon.
In the U.K. it is likely that the MoD will place a further upgrade order for 12 M270A MLRS platforms to the GMLRS Standard as carried out on 12 systems last year, including a universal fire control system following an RFP. The likelihood is that a further 12 systems will be upgraded under a contract with ABRO.
The MLRS chassis is considered the most reliable in the U.K. inventory and Lockheed Martin is providing the bulk of missiles for current operations thru its Javelin, MLRS and Hellfire systems. The company is already converting 8000 Hellfire fragmentation heads to a universal standard to destroy other targets at its INSYS facility.
In the U.S. Guided Unitary MLRS is fully funded to ‘buy to budget,’ which is what the recent decision memorandum said. That will be done through FY 12. Full rate [production] begins in about second quarter of FY 09.
Recent Army decision memorandums reportedly provide a total acquisition objective of approximately 38,000 Guided Unitary MLRS rockets and approximately 5000 Guided DPICM rockets.
LMMFC now sells to fifty countries including the USA, UK, France, Germany, Norway, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Australia.
On April 2nd 2008, the U.K. MoD announced that the Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) contract had been placed with the Lockheed Martin UK-led Team Athena, thus reinforcing the British Army’s abilities to provide a complete battlefield picture. Ground commanders are to get a new system that will tell them what is happening in the air, helping to reduce friendly fire incidents and improve their ability to counter air attacks, under a £100m contract with Lockheed Martin UK INSYS that will see systems delivered from 2010; a version of LEAPP is already deployed I in theatre under a UOR. The contract award comes after a two-year assessment phase during which the Lockheed Martin team proved the strength and capability of its solution.
Team Athena is led by Lockheed Martin and includes BAE Systems, L-3 Advanced Systems Architectures, Systems Consultants Services Limited, Saab AB, Rockwell Collins (UK) Ltd. and QinetiQ.
The LEAPP programme will provide land commanders with a detailed local picture of their own and other forces’ in the air so they can better coordinate airspace activity. This will help them to be more effective in combat and reduce the risk of friendly fire incidents. The system uses ground-based sensors connected to equipment on a vehic