Lockheed Martin awarded $756 million Army contract

The contract is for additional capability for the nation’s ground-based hypersonic weapon system

An artist rendering of the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon. Rendering courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

Under a new $756 million U.S. Army contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver additional capability for the nation’s ground-based Long Range Hypersonic Weapon System.

The contract calls for additional LRHW battery equipment, systems and software engineering support.

“Lockheed Martin is proud to continue our strong partnership with the U.S. government for hypersonic strike capability,” said Steve Layne, vice president of Hypersonic Strike Weapon Systems at Lockheed Martin. “With this contract, we will support the U.S. Army to sustain the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon System currently in the hands of U.S. soldiers, produce additional batteries for future fielding and support flight testing.”

The LRHW system is designed to launch the common hypersonic All Up Round (AUR) provided by the U.S. Navy-managed Conventional Prompt Strike program and includes the Army cannister, a battery operations center and transporter erector launchers.

The first LRHW battery, referred to as Dark Eagle, was delivered by Lockheed Martin to the U.S. soldiers in 2021. Lockheed Martin’s Huntsville and Courtland operations work on missile defense programs, including the hypersonic program.

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