Northrop Grumman has announced it is beginning full-rate production of rocket motors for the US Army’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS).
The move comes after the company delivered its 15,000th rocket motor to Lockheed Martin for final assembly.
According to Northrop vice president Jim Kalberer, they have invested proactively in production facilities and technologies to prepare for the full-rate production of the rocket motors.
“We are leveraging our capacity and modern manufacturing facilities to deliver critical military needs,” he said in a press release.
Once produced, the rocket motors will be delivered to Lockheed Martin’s final assembly facility and integrated into the GMLRS missiles.
The GMLRS Missile
The US Army’s GMLRS is a surface-to-surface weapon system capable of suppressing and destroying targets using indirect precision fires.
It has a maximum range of 70 kilometers (43 miles).
Additionally, the weapon features an M270 launcher loaded with 12 rockets, which can be fired individually or in ripples of two to 12.
The GMLRS is currently in service with Bahrain, Finland, Egypt, Israel, and other US allies.