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Lockheed Martin awarded hypersonic weapon system contract

Lockheed Martin received a $756 million contract from the US Army to enhance the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) system.

Under the new contract, Lockheed Martin will provide additional LRHW battery equipment, systems and software engineering support, and logistics solutions to the Army.

LRHW will introduce a new class of ultrafast and maneuverable long-range hypersonic missiles. These missiles have the ability to launch from ground mobile platforms. The LRHW weapon system is designed to launch the common hypersonic All Up Round (AUR), provided by the U.S. Navy-managed Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) program. It includes the Army canister, a battery operations center, and transporter erector launchers.

“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.”

Lockheed Martin delivered equipment for the first LRHW battery, known as Dark Eagle, to the US Army in 2021.

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