Lockheed tapped for guided missile support

June 22 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control has been awarded a contract for maintenance of Army tactical guided missiles and launch assembly service by the U.S. Army.

The $364 million firm-fixed-price domestic and foreign military sales contract was announced on Thursday by the Department of Defense. It also covers tactical missile sales to Romania.

The Army Tactical Missile System, known as ATACMS, includes about 3,700 surface-to-surface missile launchers. It has a maximum firing range of 190 miles and was first used during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The system was also in use in the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan.

The contract announced Thursday calls for work to be performed in 10 U.S. cities, with a completion date of February 2020. Research, development, test and evaluation, foreign military sales, overseas contingency operation and aircraft procurement funds in the combined amount of $145 million from fiscal years 2017 and 2018 were obligated at the time of the award.

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