Lockheed Martin has won a $497 million dollar contract to equip the U.S. Army with High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launcher and associated equipment.
The contract calls for the production and delivery of of HIMARS launchers and associated equipment by 2022, the company said in a statement.
HIMARS is a 5-ton lightweight mobile launcher that has the capability to launch 1-6 guided missiles from a pod onto a target. Transportable by a C-130 or larger aircraft for rapid deployment on the battlefield. The HIMARS fires Guided Multiple Launch Rockets (GMLRS) and Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS). The HIMARS consist of launcher module and a fire control system on a 5-ton truck chassis. The HIMARS system has a crew of three: The driver, gunner, and launch chief.