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“CAMDEN, Ark., April 13 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) officially rolled out the new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System launcher and Fire Control and Communications unit today in a ceremony at the company’s THAAD Launcher Integration Complex in Camden, AR.”
“DALLAS, March 25 /PRNewswire/ — A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher successfully fired two Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) during a U.S. Army ‘common launcher’ feasibility demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, NM. U.S. Army and industry representatives conducted the ‘proof of concept‘ firing to examine the viability of firing an air defense missile from the currently-fielded HIMARS.
“The demonstration featured two modified AMRAAMs, which were rail-launched from a modified Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) enclosure assembly launch pod mounted on a HIMARS launcher. The test, in which all objectives were met, included the operational test missiles (configured from excess AMRAAM assets); integration of modified Surfaced Launched AMRAAM launch rails into an empty ATACMS pod; and the launch of the AMRAAMs using the HIMARS fire control system with modified software.
“The Army is evaluating HIMARS as a potential solution for a light ‘common launcher’ for future air defense, Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System and ATACMS munitions. In addition to its capability to support multi-mission munitions, the HIMARS launcher offers tactical flexibility, high reliability and C-130 transportability.”
“ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that they have successfully fielded the Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS) with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Artillery Regiment located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
“As the third leg of the USMC’s triad of land-based fire support for expeditionary operations, EFSS is the primary close-in fire support system for vertical assault maneuvers and is perfectly suited for missions requiring tactical versatility, speed, mobility and close-in fire support. The system can be emplaced, fired and displaced in under five minutes using a standard five-man crew and is designed to be internally transportable in both the Marine’s tiltrotor MV-22B Osprey and the CH-53 helicopter.
“Each battalion in the 10th Marine Regiment will have six EFSS systems comprising of a pair of Prime Mover vehicles, a 120mm M327 mortar weapon, ammunition family and trailer. At the center of EFSS is the 120mm M327 mortar that combines the simplicity and firepower of a mortar with the precision and range of a field artillery piece. The system can effectively fire both rifled and smoothbore ammunition. At 1,798 lbs., the 120mm M327 is the Marines’ largest internally transportable indirect fire support system and provides the maneuver commander with greater fire support capability against an array of targets.”
“TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 23, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $27 million contract by The Boeing Company to support the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.
This six-month bridge effort for the follow-on GMD Core Completion Contract allows for the continued evolution, maturation, test, and verification of the Raytheon-built X-Band Radar aboard the Boeing-developed Sea-Based X-Band Radar vessel, the Upgraded Early Warning Radars at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., and at Fylingdales, England, and the Cobra Dane Upgrade Radar at Shemya, Alaska, in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).”
“ATK’s booth will feature innovative technologies such as the Precision Guidance Kit (PGK), and Palletized Autonomous Weapon System (PAWS). PGK turns artillery shells into precision weapons at minimal cost, while PAWS integrates ATK’s family of 25mm and 30mm chain gun systems with advanced ammunition capabilities into an affordable, integrated remote weapon station that can be installed on a variety of platforms without special interface. A variant of PAWS, the Viper, will also be on display. Viper is an affordable ‘plug and play’ weapon station that offers economy and agility to meet the security needs of U.S. and international customers.”
“CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $12 million contract from the U.S. government for production of the MK47 STRIKER40(R) Weapon System.
“‘The MK47 is a lightweight grenade launcher capable of firing airbursting munitions. Integrating the latest sensing, targeting and computer-programming technology, the MK47 is a reliable, portable 40mm grenade weapon system suited for mobile, tactical combat soldier units. It provides forces with a decisive technological advantage over enemies equipped with older crew-served weapons,’ said Jeff Gramse, program manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.”