U.S. Army Tests High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) for Rapid Deployment

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    Artillery Tested for Rapid Deployment
    UNITED STATES - 11 MAY 2011

    White Sands Missile Range, N.M. - Dust flew on White Sands Missile Range during a test of an improved missile launch system conducted April 27, 2011, at White Sands Space Harbor, N.M.

    Members of the Precision Fires Rocket and Missile System Project Office test fired an upgraded version of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS. The test focused on new navigation and targeting equipment installed on the HIMARS system intended to enhance the system's ability to rapidly deploy from an aircraft and fire.

    To conduct the test, two HIMARS vehicles were loaded onto a C-17 cargo plane, with a third loaded onto a C-130 cargo plane. The planes then flew to White Sands Missile Ranger, or WSMR, and landed at Space Harbor where the HIMARS vehicles were quickly unloaded and their missiles launched.

    "What this capability allows is proofing out the concept of allowing a system like the HIMARS to fly on a C-130 or a C-17 and come in and execute a target set and load back up and fly back to home station or a forward operating base," said Lt. Col. Gregory Paul, product manager for Field Artillery Launchers, Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems Project Office.

    The test was conducted in two parts, the first part being the pair of launchers deploying from the C-17. After firing, the pair of launchers were loaded back onto the C-17 and flown away to clear the area for the C-130 to land and repeat the process with the single launcher it had on board.

    The HIMARS is a truck mounted version of the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS. Able to carry all of the same rocket and missile payloads as the tracked vehicle based MLRS, the HIMARS benefits from additional mobility allowing it to keep up with lighter units than the MLRS

    "One of the things the Army learned long ago was tracks go with tracks and wheels go with wheels. The HIMARS on a five ton truck derivative is more aligned with our light forces," Paul said.

    The test leveraged the HIMARS' lightweight and high mobility and coupled it with the ubiquitous nature of the C-17 and C-130, two of the Air Force's most common and versatile transport aircraft.

    "What it does is, it merges existing capabilities between the Army and the Air force," said Paul.

    This test was the capstone event for the project, and represents years of work by both the servicemembers and civilians working on improving the system.

    "It's a culmination of many years of work of the product office, the end user community at Fort Sill Oklahoma, and many of our teammates," Paul said.

    Since the upgraded navigation and targeting systems are so vital to mission of providing accurate artillery missile and rocket strikes, extensive work had to be done to ensure the systems were up to the challenge.

    "We've gone through quite a bit of testing. The genesis of this project was almost five years ago. It's something that's been on the drawing board that we've worked with the precision fires project office for quite some time," said Matthew Berger director of MLRS launchers for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

    White Sands Missile Range was chosen as the location test for several reasons.

    "Space Harbor with the Shuttle runway afforded us that ability to do this joint operation with the C-17 and C-130 that could accommodate us and still have the range (safety) fan so we could fired the guided MLRS unitary rounds," Paul said.

    Originally constructed for use as an alternate landing site for the retiring Space Shuttle, WSMR's Space Harbor features a large runway perfect for landing large aircraft on. Located in the heart of the missile range, it was also the perfect location for a test like this one because it provided not only a place for the transport aircraft to land, but also a secure location, military controlled airspace, and direct access to impact areas.

    These features came together to provide the project with a perfect location that would allow the complex test to be conducted safely.

    "When the customer was considering other installations for their test site, we marketed the White Sands Space Harbor to them as a viable facility for the HIMARS C-17/C-130 Quick Strike Joint Operational Test," said Christi Griego, WMSR's HIMARS test officer.

    The end result of the work between WSMR, the Rocket and Missile System Project Office, and the Air force was the completion of a test and the collection of valuable data to be used in evaluation of the system.

    "We have a long history with (WSMR). It's safe. It's done professionally, and we get the data we need to ensure that before we put something in the field its effective, suitable, survivable and safe. That it's truly proved out before we put it in Solders hands," Paul said.

    The test's complexity and many moving parts, and the ability of the range to cater to those requirements added an additional capability to the range. Test officials now hope that as a result of this test, other activities with similar requirements will be conducted in the future.

    "The successful planning, coordination, and conduct of the mission, by the HIMARS (WSMR) Test Office and Project Support, gave WSMR another capability by showing the test community that we can support different kinds of tests, as well as be a landing site for Army and Air Force missions," Griego said.


    Two High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers fire their rockets shortly after being unloaded from a C-17 transport plane and White Sands Missile Range's Space Harbor, N.M., April 27, 2011. The launchers feature a new navigation and targeting system that allowed them to rapidly set up and fire after unloading.
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    U.S. Army High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS):

    File Photo: The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) firing ATACMS missiles.
    HIMARS fires entire suite of MLRS munitions from RRPR to 300 km ATACMS.

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    File Photo: Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), nicknamed the '70km Sniper'. GMLRS is an all-weather, precision strike, artillery rocket system.
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    Lockheed Martin’s GMLRS+ Completes Successful Test Flight of Long-Range Motor
    UNITED STATES - 9 AUGUST 2011

    DALLAS, TX, August 9th, 2011 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System-Plus (GMLRS+) extended-range rocket successfully completed a 120-kilometer mission at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., an improvement in range of approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) over the current GMLRS round.

    Engineers from Lockheed Martin and Aerojet, the GMLRS rocket motor manufacturer, are developing GMLRS+ as a proposed follow-on version of the existing Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System to further extend the rocket’s range and add a new capability for a “scalable-effects” warhead.

    “With this latest test, we have demonstrated the GMLRS+ range that our soldiers and Marines have been requesting,” said Scott Arnold, vice president of precision fires in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “While adding this new capability, we are still retaining the system’s affordability, precision and reliability.”

    This test was the first of two Lockheed Martin-funded GMLRS+ launches planned for 2011. The second test will assess the scalable-effects warhead in late fall. The scalable-effects warhead will offer multiple distinct outputs, which can be selected prior to launch

    In a November 10, 2010, test at White Sands Missile Range, a GMLRS+ rocket equipped with a Lockheed Martin Semi-Active Laser seeker flew 40 kilometers downrange, acquired the laser-designated target, and diverted more than 150 meters to the target. The demonstration validated the rocket’s ability to acquire a laser-designated target after launch and divert to it.

    Aerojet, a world-recognized producer of missile and space propulsion systems and defense armaments, was selected for the test phase as the GMLRS+ warhead and rocket-motor supplier after a two-month evaluation and selection process.

    GMLRS+ is a Lockheed Martin internal research and development program to upgrade the combat-proven GMLRS Unitary system, and integrate new capabilities into the existing GMLRS guidance/navigation package and airframe. It will accommodate various warheads, and will operate seamlessly within the current High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and MLRS M270A1 launcher force structure. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the GMLRS program.




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    GMLRS +

    Provides the Field Artillery User with Enhanced Capabilities

    An evolutionary improvement of the combat-proven Guided Unitary MLRS, GMLRS + is being developed by Lockheed Martin under a product improvement initiative to provide the Field Artillery User with enhanced capabilities on the battlefield. Already successfuly tested, the rocket features increased aerodynamic performance that enables the use of terminal area seekers, extended flyout range, target engagement from arbitrary directions and simultaneous arrival of multiple rockets fired from the same launcher.

    Incorporation of the DAGR semi-active laser seeker provides the low-risk, low-cost ability to precisely engage designated targets in urban environments and other settings where minimizing collateral damage is of great importance. In conjunction with a substantial maneuvering capability, a growth path to accommodating other seekers will ultimately afford GMLRS + with the capability to engage moving targets.

    GMLRS + integrates these new capabilities with the existing GMLRS guidance/navigation package and rocket motor and will accommodate various warheads. It operates seamlessly within the HIMARS/M270A1 force structure. GMLRS + — building on a successful past — is continuing to provide the Warfighter with the capabilities needed to succeed.

    GMLRS + Key Features:

    • Addresses Fires Capability Gaps
    • Increased Range/Reach
    • Scalable Effects
    • Use of SAL Seeker
    • Minimize Collateral Damage
    • Moving/Fleeting Target Capability
    • HIMARS/M270 Compatible
    • Incremental Approach of the Combat Proven GMLRS-Unitary



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    File Video: HIMARS Firing GLMRS during Live-Fire exercise:

     
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    Aerojets Improved Rocket Motor Propels Lockheed Martin's GMLRS+ Demo Flight Test
    UNITED STATES - 18 AUGUST 2011

    Sacramento, Calif. - Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its improved Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket motor propelled the successful Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control GMLRS+ flight test at White Sands Missile Range.

    GMLRS+ is a Lockheed Martin internal research and development program designed to upgrade the combat-proven GMLRS Unitary system. Utilizing existing production tooling and the current GMLRS propellant formulation, Aerojet's rocket motor demonstrated a significant increase in range, plus process improvements that will increase the affordability of the GMLRS rocket.

    During the test, Aerojet's rocket motor burned full duration and the GMLRS+ achieved the predicted increase in range. This flight test was preceded by successful static fire tests at Aerojet's high-rate production facility in Camden, Ark.

    "Aerojet is proud to be a key contributor to the long and successful history of the MLRS program starting in the 1970s," said John Myers, Aerojet's vice president for Tactical Systems. "We continue to focus and invest on improving operational capability and the affordability of the GMLRS rocket motor even after more than 15,000 deliveries. The GMLRS+ rocket motor can provide additional performance at a lower cost and will not require any investment in additional production capacity."



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