Army and Lockheed Martin prepare for production of advanced laser-guided Hellfire missile

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.-U.S. Army officials are working with Hellfire Systems LLC in Orlando, Fla., to prepare for production of one of the latest versions of the Hellfire missile, which is launched from helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), ground vehicles, and fixed sites against armored combat vehicles and other high-value targets.

The Army awarded Hellfire Systems an $8.7 million contract modification for long lead parts for the AGM-114R Hellfire II Romeo RX missile, which will use a semi-active laser guidance system and an integrated blast fragmentation sleeve warhead to engage targets that previously needed several Hellfire variants.

The AGM-114R Hellfire II Romeo RX missile will use a semi-active laser guidance system.
The AGM-114R Hellfire II Romeo RX missile will use a semi-active laser guidance system.

Hellfire System is a venture of the Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla. At one time, it involved the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis, but Boeing has not been involved in Hellfire missile development and production for several years, Lockheed Martin officials say. The AGM-114R, or "Romeo," version of the Hellfire missile is to enter service late this year. The AGM-114R is to replace the AGM-114K, M, N, and P variants of the Hellfire missile.

Originally developed as an anti- tank missile for the Army's AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, the Hellfire missile has become one of the most versatile munitions in the U.S. arsenal. It can launch from fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, UAVs such as the Predator and Reaper, as well as from surface vessels and land-based sites.

The AGM-114R will be guided by homing in on the reflected light of a laser designator. Other versions of the Hellfire are radar-guided, fire-and-forget weapons. The Hellfire missile weighs 106 pounds, and has high-explosive variants designed to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles, and blast fragmentation versions designed to destroy trucks, antenna sites, concentrations of enemy troops, and other soft targets.

Development of the AGM-114R Hellfire missile became necessary after the Pentagon cancelled the Joint Common Missile (JCM) project, which was to replace Hellfire, and the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile.

Pentagon officials are considering developing a new Hellfire replacement called the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM), but there is no guarantee the new missile will survive the federal budget battles in Washington. The JAGM would replace Hellfire, Maverick, and the BGM-71 TOW missile.

The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is in charge of developing the Hellfire missile and its variants. This latest contract modification was awarded by the Army Contracting Command on behalf of Army Aviation & Missile Command.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control online at www.lockheedmartin.com/us/mfc, and the Army Aviation & Missile Command at www.army.mil/amcom.

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