Raytheon to help Army develop new long-range artillery rocket

U.S. Army fire-support experts are choosing Raytheon Co. as one of two or more companies to begin developing a new long-range artillery rocket with a maximum range of 300 miles to replace the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).

Apr 19th, 2016
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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - U.S. Army fire-support experts are choosing Raytheon Co. as one of two or more companies to begin developing a new long-range artillery rocket with a maximum range of 300 miles to replace the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).

The Raytheon Missile Systems segment in Huntsville, Ala., will offer a new missile design for the Army's Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) program, Raytheon officials say. The Army terminated ATACMS production in 2007.

Raytheon will be one of two or more companies to begin developing an LRPF system that is compatible with launchers for the Army's M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

Raytheon will compete with other U.S. defense contractors to develop a new long-range artillery rocket with a maximum range of 300 miles to replace the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), shown above.

Army leaders plan to downselect the LRPF program to one contractor in late 2018 or 2019 for full-scale development, and begin producing the new system by late 2021 or 2022. Lockheed Martin Corp., the ATACMS contractor, and the Boeing Co. reportedly also are interested in the LRPF program.

The LRPF program is intended to provide battlefield commanders with around-the-clock, all-weather, long-range fire support without placing aircraft and crews at risk.

Raytheon and any future LRPF contractors will conduct competitive subsystem risk reduction activities to mature the rocket motor and warhead technology. Two or more contractors will build competitive LRPF prototypes through the program's technology maturation and risk reduction phase.

Army officials are trying to keep their options open on whether to perform a service life extension of the Lockheed Martin ATACMS program, restart the ATACMS production line, develop a new missile to replace ATACMS, or consider systems built by U.S. allies.

The amount of the contract to Raytheon was not released. The Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., awarded the contract to Raytheon on behalf of the Precision Fires Rocket and Missile Systems Project Office of the Army Aviation & Missile Command's Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Raytheon Missile Systems online at www.raytheon.com.

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