Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne join forces to develop precision missile

Lockheed Martin has announced its intention to join forces with Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop the U.S. Army's planned Long Range Maneuverable Fires missile.
Christopher McFadden
Artistic representation of the planned missile.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne has announced that it will team up with Lockheed Martin for the engine for the Long Range Maneuverable Fires (LRMF) missile. Being developed under contract for the U.S. Army, the LRMF will be a precision fires missile that will launch from existing U.S. Army launchers, like HIMARS. These missiles will be designed to engage targets at ranges significantly exceeding the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) baseline.

"This new surface-to-surface weapon system will deliver enhanced capabilities to attack, neutralize, suppress, and destroy targets using missile-delivered indirect fires out to 499+ kilometers. PrSM provides the Joint Force Commander increased range, lethality, survivability, and missile load out. These enhanced capabilities are critical to the successful execution of Fires in support of Multi-Domain Operations," explains Lockheed Martin.

The missile will be designed to work with HIMARS

“Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion has powered U.S. Army systems for decades, and we look forward to leveraging that experience and our talented workforce to develop next-generation missiles with significantly extended range,” said Eileen P. Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO, and president. “In addition to providing Soldiers the edge in offensive operations, this extended-range missile will serve as a powerful deterrent, promising effective strike capabilities from long ranges,” she added.

With its extensive experience in propulsion technology, Aerojet Rocketdyne will be working on the LRMF missile project for the U.S. Army, which Lockheed Martin is developing. This high-profile project is a testament to the impressive capabilities of both organizations as they continue to push the limits of missile technology.

This joint venture focuses on design and risk-reduction activities as part of the LRMF program's multiphase development approach. These stages ensure a thorough and systematic analysis and development process, ultimately improving final product performance and reliability.

“Lockheed Martin is partnering with the U.S. Army to give soldiers a decisive edge on the battlefield by extending their reach,” said Steven Botwinik, vice president of Advanced Programs Execution and Transition at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With half a century of expertise integrating advanced propulsion systems and supporting the Army’s precision fires ecosystem, we are ready to develop a solution that significantly extends PrSM’s range,” he added.

The development program is multi-phased

The project's first phase concentrates on designing and minimizing risks, while subsequent phases are available for optional flight test demonstrations. Once the flight tests are complete, LRMF will move on to the STORM project office of the U.S. Army to provide insight for developing an extended-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) Increment (Inc.) 4.

Lockheed Martin has developed a solution to overcome the challenges of limited launcher volume while achieving an extended range. This involves incorporating innovative design features and utilizing advanced technologies to improve size and endurance capabilities.

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