Bahrain, Poland and Romania to acquire Lockheed’s Army Tactical Missile under $562 million contract

Lockheed Martin was awarded an almost $562 million contract for the production of Army Tactical Missiles for Bahrain, Poland and Romania, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a release.

The $561,802,200 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and fixed-price-incentive) foreign military sales contract (W31P4Q-19-C-0092) for production of Army tactical missile guided missile and launching assembly service life extension program production 3 is expected to be completed by June 30, 2022, the Monday, June 24 release said.

The MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) surface-to-surface missile can be launched from Multiple Launch Rocket System family of launchers and Lockheed Martin’s M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

HIMARS can launch six guided rockets with a range of 70 km (37 miles), or a single ATACMS missile with up to 300 km range.

The solid-fueled missiles feature GPS-aided inertial guidance, and carry a 160-247 kg payload, either a blast/fragmentation or hard-target penetration warhead, or anti-personnel, anti-materiel submunitions.

The service life extension program allows for the upgrade of old ATACMS missiles giving them a new 10-year life, and for the production of new missiles.

In February, Poland said it would buy M-142 HIMARS mobile rocket launchers and missiles worth $414 million (€365 million) from the U.S., including the shorter-range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) missiles and ATACMS tactical missiles.

The Defense Department announced last August that Lockheed was awarded a $218 million contract for 18 HIMARS launchers, training and spares for Romania.

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