HIMARS multiple launch rocket system

РСЗО HIMARS

The HIMARS (High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System) is a highly mobile multiple rocket launcher system designed to destroy areas where artillery systems, air defense systems, technical support units, trucks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, and to provide support for areas where troops and support facilities are concentrated.

The creation of HIMARS is driven by the need to equip infantry, airborne and rapid deployment units with highly mobile launchers suitable for airlift to any theater of war.

In the mid-1980s, Loral Vought Systems began to explore the possibility of developing and integrating a six-barrel transport and launch container for 227 mm rounds to be mounted on crawler and wheeled chassis of smaller vehicles. This attempt - the HIMARS program for a highly mobile artillery reactive system - was aimed at creating a system with the possibility of air transportation by means of C-130 military transport aircraft. In December 1989, Operation Just Case in Panama clearly demonstrated the need for this capability. In June 1990, the U.S. Army began to develop requirements for a lightweight version of the MLRS system on truck landing gear. The prototype was first demonstrated in September 1994. In early 1996, the U.S. Army's Command of Controlled Arms signed a 22.3 million contract with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to assemble prototypes of HIMARS MLRS combat vehicles. Under the 53-month contract, the company assembled four combat vehicle prototypes and handed three of them over to the client for two years of testing. The fourth vehicle was left for testing by the developer. In July 1998, U.S. Army specialists successfully carried out firing tests of the ATACMS missile system using a prototype combat vehicle HIMARS.

Production qualification tests (Series II) of the system started in November 2003 and included firing of the M26 unguided rocket, MGM-140B (Block IA) and MGM-164A (Block II) missiles of the ATACMS operational-tactical complex and MLRS guided missiles. However, no details have been reported or communicated, in particular the possibility of using the same chassis for the assembly of TPKs for the firing of projectiles of different calibres, as it is believed that only TPKs with projectiles of the same calibre can be mounted on the platform of one chassis type. In January 2004, the production testing of the HIMARS combat vehicle prototype for compliance with the tactical specification was completed. These tests confirmed the high tactical and technical performance of the system. During one of the prototype tests, the HIMARS combat vehicle was delivered to Fort Sill Eastern Firing Range (Oklahoma) by C-130 transport aircraft. The vehicle was unloaded in less than five minutes. It was then placed in a firing position and, having received a combat mission through a digital data exchange channel, salvored six training rockets. Participating in the joint exercise were U.S. Army MLRS BMR calculation and Marine Corps command and control calculations.

On June 16, 2005, the HIMARS system began entering the troops. The first certified unit to have HIMARS was the 3rd Division, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Airborne Corps.

In 2000, Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control division developed a prototype of the R44 missile for high-precision long-range target destruction using MLRS and HIMARS MLRS combat vehicles. To launch this missile, a special container for 10 missiles was developed.

The prototype had the ability to work in the mode of auxiliary inertial guidance with the help of GPS system (for hitting stationary targets) and with a miniature homing head from the program for the JCM (Joint Common Missile).

The design of the prototype included a homing head with three modes of operation: a Doppler radar operating in the millimeter wavelength range for all-weather applications and hitting moving targets, a cooled infrared mode for target detection and classification, and a semi-active laser mode for hitting targets using target designation.

The company chose a 177 mm starter accelerator to provide speed, with low cost and the possibility of further upgrading. The design of the prototype rocket could include an enlarged Hellfire II rocket head or a cumulative head with a forming device. A certain development potential was created in the direction of increasing the length and weight of the missile.

According to the electronic database of Jane's Defence Weekly, dated 16 March 2007, it is indicated that, following wind tunnel tests and static burning of rocket engines, the R44 ballistic experimental missile successfully completed a flight test at the White Sands Missile Range (New Mexico) on 15 February.

May 4, 2007 Jane's Missiles and Rokets magazine reported on the second successful flight test of the prototype.

According to Jane's 2012 electronic database available at the Russian National Library (St. Petersburg), the HIMARS Missiles and Rosses combat vehicle was used during a series of tests of the P44 guided missile prototype. According to data from the end of 2012, work on the project was stopped.

At the end of 2006, Lockheed Martin received a contract worth $15.8 million from the U.S. Army to develop a cab for a combat vehicle with an enhanced level of number plate protection. According to the terms of the contract, BAE Systems specialists were to perform work on its improvement until September 30, 2010. The combat vehicle cabs will receive additional armor that provides ballistic protection against bullets, projectile fragments and mines (see photo). Available information indicates that this option is in the hands of the US and South Korean military (see photo).

On March 28, 2008, a press release from Lockheed Martin announced the first launch of four guided missiles using the new universal fire control system and the ability to fire guided missiles. The contract requires six HIMARS combat vehicles to be assembled at the Dallas (Texas) and Candem (Arkansas) plants of the U.S. Army for extensive testing before the contract is awarded for initial small-scale production.

In mid-2008, a new range of 85 km was achieved by firing a GMLRS guided missile using a HIMARS MLRS combat vehicle. On November 5, 2009, Lockheed Martin press release reported that the launch of the GMLRS guided missile using the HIMARS combat vehicle resulted in the maximum flight range of 92 km. It should be noted that there is no information about the tactics of using guided missiles. It is not clear whether the task of their multiple launch with the identification of each projectile of its target has been accomplished or whether the use of such projectiles implies a departure from multiple launch.

In March 2009, tests were conducted at the White Sands Range (see photo), during which 2 SLAMRAAM anti-aircraft guided missiles (ALCMs) were launched from the HIMARS MLRS. The tests, during which all targets were achieved, included operational testing of the modified missiles and assembly of rail tracks for SLAMRAAM in a free container converted from the ATACMS missile launch system. During the launch of the anti-aircraft missile, the fire control system HIMARS with advanced software was used. After completion of works on modernization of fire control system and creation of transport and launching containers for SLAMRAAM SAM system, they will enter into service. According to the plans of the U.S. Army Command, in the future, HIMARS combat vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guided missiles will be able to be used within a distributed network-centric air defense system.

The system was tested in combat conditions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The system is currently deployed in Afghanistan. One of the latest applications took place on February 14, 2010. Twelve civilians were killed by a multiple rocket launcher during a NATO counterterrorism operation in the Afghan city of Marjah. Two shells fired from a HIMARS MLRS war machine diverted significantly from the target and hit a civilian building.

On 31 January 2011, the Lockheed Martin website reported that the company had received an additional contract worth $139.6 million for 44 HIMARS multiple rocket launchers for the United States Army. This order is to increase the fleet of HIMARS MLRS vehicles to 375. Deliveries will take place until the end of January 2013.

HIMARS MLRS is in service since 2005. As of February 2015, 480 HIMARS systems were assembled. Deliveries were made to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and international allies - UAE, Jordan, Singapore.

The Russian analogue of the HIMARS system is a prototype of a lightweight Smerch RCD (see photo).

Composition: 

Cистема залпового огня HIMARS

The HIMARS multiple fire system is included:

  • M142 fighting vehicle (see photo in combat and marching position);
  • transport and charging vehicle (see photo);
  • unguided and guided rockets;
  • fire control equipment.

M142 combat vehicle is made on a modified chassis of 5-t truck Stewart & Stevenson with 6x6 wheel configuration. The engine is a Caterpillar 3116 ATAAC diesel with gas-turbine supercharging, 6.6 liter, 290 hp at 2600 rpm. Number of cylinders - 6. Fuel reserve - 56 gallons, power reserve - 480 km. Transmission is Allison automatic, seven-speed. Suspension is parabolic with leaf springs. Ground clearance - 564 mm. Overcoming water obstacles with depth up to 0.9m. Calculation of the fighting vehicle - 3 people (driver, gunner-operator and BM commander), but according to the developers of the system in special conditions, fire can lead to one number of calculation.

The artillery unit (see photo) does not have a permanent guide package. Standard disposable transport and launch containers of the MLRS combat vehicle are used as a guide package. Shots can be fired by all types of unmanned and guided missiles of the MLRS system, as well as by guided missiles MGM-140 and MGM 164 of the ATACMS operational-tactical complex. After firing, the fired TPKs are replaced by the projectiles. The MLRS is equipped with rockets and sealed at the factory. Standard transport and launch containers weigh 2270 kg and include six fiberglass pipes rigidly fastened with an aluminum alloy cage. Inside the rails are spiral metal slides for counter-clockwise rotation of the projectile at 10-12 rpm when fired. The projectiles are fired directly from exchangeable containers. The projectiles can be stored in such containers in a state of readiness for 10 years.

Погрузка HIMARS

The recharging mechanism is a retractable console with an electric winch. The mechanism can be controlled from the cab of the fighting vehicle or by remote control. For recharging the hollow ash cenospheres cage is set in horizontal position, the recharging mechanism console is extended. The transport and launch container is lifted by means of a winch, the gripper of which is attached to the centre of gravity of the container (see photo).

The fire control system, electronics and communication units are compatible with similar elements of the M270A1 MLRS multiple rocket launcher. At present, a version of the upgraded M142 combat vehicle has been developed (see photo 1, photo 2). The upgraded BM is equipped with an inexpensive fire control panel, has advanced interfaces (i.e. elements and units by which operation is carried out) of the weapon system, a horizontal guidance mechanism, a navigation system unit processor for positioning the launcher and a V.24 communication interface.

The transport and charging vehicle is a truck (6X6) with a flatbed crane and trailer. A slewing crane is mounted at the rear of the truck, which is used to load and unload containers (see photo). The vehicle and trailer carry two PICs each (see photo).

The combat vehicle can be transported by C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The time of transfer to combat position after unloading from the aircraft is 10 minutes. The M142BM is highly mobile and, after a salvo, is capable of leaving the firing position at high speed before enemy means determine it.

On behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps, the possibility of mounting the HIMARS artillery unit on a modified chassis of a medium tactical truck with a payload of 7 tons was studied.

Characteristics: 

Fighting vehicle
Dimensions, mm:
- length
- width
- hiking altitude
6940
2400 (2390)
3180
Weight, kg:
- projectile warfare vehicle
- car chassis
- container modules
- shipping container
13696 (16000)
8273 (2390)
2915
2282
Maximum travel speed, km/h 89 (94)
Power reserve, km 480
Maximum gradient to be crossed, % 60
Calculation, man.. 3
Number of tubular guides, pcs. 1 TPK with 6 NURS or 1 TPK with 1 SD
Angle of elevation, hail:
- minimum
- maximum
–2
+60
Horizontal firing angle, degree. 280

Testing: 

Data from the US Department of Defense website

on component contracts and their elements for HIMARS RESO

20 February 1996 (the date of publication of the data is indicated everywhere, not the date of contracts)

Loral Vought Systems Corporation (Grand Priory, Texas) has received an increase in funding of $1,845,000 as part of a written agreement to begin work prior to the awarding of a $23,200,000 incentive contract with additional funding to provide technology demonstrations of the modern concept for MLRS and HIMARS, 4 for each system. Work was to be performed in Camden (Arkansas, 82%) and Grand Priory (Texas, 18%). Estimated completion date is September 30, 2000. This non-competitive contract was initiated on August 16, 1995. The contract is awarded by the U.S. Army Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (DAAH01-96-C-0138).

August 28, 1996

Lockheed Martin Vought Systems Corporation (Grand Prairie, Texas) received an increase in funding of $7,600,000 through a written agreement to begin work prior to the award of an incentive contract for a total cost of $35,425,000 (with two options) to perform four demonstrations of advanced concept technology for the MLRS and HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems. The work was to be performed in Camden (Arkansas, 82%) and Grand Priory (Texas, 18%). Estimated completion date is July 31, 2000. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 6 June 1996. The contract is assigned to the United States Army Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (DAAH01-96-C-0385).

December 22, 1999

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles & Fire Control-Dallas (Grand Prairie, Texas) received a $2,000,000 increase in funding as part of a $68,320,142 contract with additional funding for a multiple launch rocket system for a lightweight combat vehicle transported in a C-130 aircraft. Under the contract, the contractor was to perform work on the delivery of six complete combat vehicles. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas and Camden, Arkansas, 12.8 percent. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2002. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 1 October 1999. The contract is awarded to the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (DAAH01-00-C-0002).

26 October2000

On October 25, 2000, Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles & Fire Control-Dallas (Grand Priory, Texas) received an increase in funding of $10,391,000 as part of a change of $15,191,407 to the DAAH01-00-C-0002 contract with additional funding. The contractor was to take full responsibility for the choice of the entire system assembly technology - the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system, which was to include the HIMARS XM142 combat vehicle, a transport and charging vehicle (TZM) with on-board equipment and a trailer for TZM. The work was to be carried out in Grand Prairie (Texas, 99.1%) and Camden (Arkansas, 0.9%). The estimated completion date is December 31, 2002. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 1 June 2000. The contract is awarded by the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama).

20 December 2000

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile & Fire Control-Dallas (Grand Prairie, Texas) received a change of $8,181,688 to the DAAH01-00-C-0002 contract with additional funding for two additional lightweight, full-size combat vehicles transported by C-130 transport aircraft and spare parts for the entire HIMARS multiple rocket launcher program to meet the latest U.S. Marine Corps requirements. Work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, 55 percent and Camden, Arkansas, 45 percent. The estimated completion date is April 30, 2003. This non-competitive contract was initiated on September 28, 1999. The contract is awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama).

22 June 2001

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control-Dallas (Grand Prairie, Texas) received a $5,733,000 increase in funding for an additional $6,300,000 to the DAAH01-00-C-0002 contract with additional funding. The HIMARS multiple launch rocket system is transported in a C-130 aircraft. The running bases of the system vehicles are wheeled landing gear. The system is all-weather. It is designed to fire all types of unmanned and guided missiles of the MLRS family of ammunition. The change in funding included funding for a modified plan for detailed testing of the HIMARS system, which included maintenance of the control panel software during 2002, which was required to maintain the software and verify the installation of a low cost fire control panel, and to analyze requirements for an extended location reporting system and to provide uninstalled autonomous operation. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas. The estimated completion date for the work was 30 April 2003. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 22 December 1999. The contract was awarded to the U.S. Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama).

December 24, 2002

December 20, 2002 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Priory, Texas) was awarded a contract worth $13,464,339 with additional funding for the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, 15 percent and Camden, Arkansas, 85 percent. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2004. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 7 January 2002. The contract is awarded by the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (DAAH01-03-C-0005).

12 May 2003

May 6, 2003, Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) received an increase in funding of $7,962,400 as part of a contract worth $19,535,876 with additional funding for the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, 94 per cent and Camden East, Arkansas, 6 per cent. Estimated completion date is November 30, 2004. This non-competitive contract was initiated on January 13, 2003. The contract is awarded by the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (DAAH01-03-C-0072).

25 June 2003

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile Fires Control (Grand Priory, Texas) received a change of $19,011,810 as part of the contract (DAAH01-03-C-0005) in the amount of $103,754,649 with additional funding for the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system evaluation work. The work was to be carried out in Grand Prairie, Texas (15 per cent) and East Camden, Arkansas (85 per cent). Estimated completion date is December 31, 2004. One price offer was requested on January 7, 2002 and one price offer was received. The contract obligation is with the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama).

23 December 2003

December 18, 2003 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) received a change of $88,902,563 to the contract with additional funding for the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system. The work was to be performed in Camden, Arkansas. The estimated completion date for the work was 28 February 2006. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 3 June 2003. The contract is assigned to the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (DAAH01-03-C-0005).

02 March 2004

27 февраля 2004 года корпорация Lockheed Martin Corp. (Гранд Прейри, штат Техас) заключила контракт стоимостью 7 384 153 доллара США для материально-технического

providing the contractor during the life cycle of the HIMARS M270A1 multiple rocket launcher/fighting vehicle. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2007. This non-competitive contract was initiated on April 7, 2003. The contract is with the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-04-C-0076).

27 December 2004

December 23, 2004 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) received an amendment of $109,181,816 to the contract and additional funding for the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system. The works were to be performed in East Camden (Arkansas, 85 percent) and Grand Prairie (Texas, 15 percent). Estimated completion date is February 28, 2007. This non-competitive contract was initiated on April 13, 2003. The contract is awarded by the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (DAAH01-03-C-0005).

22 April 2005

On April 21, 2005, Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Vehicle Systems L.P. (Seeley, Texas) received a change of $6,803,123 to the cost-reimbursement contract for work on the chassis of a HIMARS multiple rocket launcher. The work was to be performed in Seeley, Texas. The estimated completion date for the work was 15 November 2008. Two quotations were requested on August 15, 2002 and two quotations were received. The contracts are with the Office of Tank and Armament Administration (Warren, Michigan) (DAAE07-03-C-S023).

03 October 2005

On September 30, 2005, Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Vehicle Systems L.P. (Seeley, Texas) received a change of $6,106,539 to the contract for chassis work on a HIMARS multiple rocket launcher. The work was to be performed in Seeley, Texas. The estimated completion date for the work was 15 November 2008. Two quotations were requested on August 15, 2002 and two quotations were received. The contracts are with the Office of Tank and Armament Administration (Warren, Michigan) (DAAE07-03-C-S023).

03 January 2006

December 28, 2005 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Priory, Texas) signed a contract worth $99,916,279 to perform work on the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system. The work was to be performed in East Camden (Arkansas, 77 percent) and Grand Prairie (Texas, 23 percent). Estimated completion date is February 28, 2008. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 1 April 2005. The contract is with the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-06-C-0001).

07 March 2006

March 03, 2006 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) has received an amendment in the amount of $7,875,238 to the supplementary funding contract to perform work on an additional number of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers. The works were to be performed in East Camden (Arkansas, 77%) and Grand Prairie (Texas, 23%). Estimated completion date is February 29, 2008. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 1 April 2005. The contract is with the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-06-C-0001).

03 July 2006

June 30, 2006 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) received an increase of $6,949,732 as part of the contract of $15,812,497 with additional funding to carry out work to develop an improved cab with protection for the HIMARS M142 multiple rocket launcher. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2008. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 31 October 2005. The contract is with the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-06-C-0140).

27 December 2006

December 21, 2006 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) has received an amendment in the amount of $166,364,478 to a contract with additional funding for the high-volume production of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers. Work was to be carried out in Grand Prairie, Texas, 23 percent and Camden East, Arkansas, 77 percent. Estimated completion date is September 30, 2009. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 5 April 2006. The United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) is the issuing agency for the contract (W31P4Q-06-C-0001).

13 August 2007

August 6, 2007 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) received a change of $6,254,366 to a contract with additional funding for the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system and high-volume production of universal fire control systems. Work was to be carried out in Grand Prairie, Texas, 23 per cent and Camden East, Arkansas, 77 per cent. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2009. This non-competitive contract was initiated on 6 February 2007. The contract is awarded to the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-06-C-0001).

28 December 2007

December 27, 2007 Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas) received a change of $266,093,603 to a contract with additional funding to carry out work on high-volume production of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, maintenance, tool, training and support reporting. The work was to be carried out in Camden East, Arkansas. Estimated completion date is 30 March 2010. One price offer was requested on 7 March 2007 and one price offer was received. The contract obligation is with the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-08-C-0001).

02 January 2009

On December 31, 2008, Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fires Control (LMMFC) Corporation (Grand Prairie, Texas) entered into a contract worth $179,679,703 with additional financing, the scope of which includes work on the high-volume production of 4-R (production number 4) HIMARS multiple rocket launchers in support of the U.S. Army (Ground Force) and U.S. Marine Corps, 57 combat vehicles for the U.S. Army and 7 for the U.S. Marine Corps. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas and East Camden, Arkansas. The estimated completion date is March 30, 2010. One price proposal was requested and one price proposal was received. The contract is with the United States Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-08-C-0001).

14 May 2009

On May 11, 2009, Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fires Control (LMMFC) Corporation (Grand Prairie, Texas) entered into a contract worth $11,851,101 with additional funding to carry out work on the acquisition of nineteen enhanced cabins with protection for HIMARS multiple rocket launcher calculation numbers for the Army (Army) and seven for the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as kits for mounting on M142 HIMARS combat vehicles and the required spare parts. Work was to be performed at Grand Prairie (Texas, 20%), Seeley (Texas, 53%), Rock Center (West Virginia, 14%) and White Sands Missile Range (White Sands, 13%). The estimated completion date is September 30, 2009. One price offer was requested and one price offer was received. Contractual obligations have been awarded to the U.S. Army Contracts Office, Center for Aeronautical Systems and Missile Weapons Administration Contracts (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-06-C-0140).

14 September 2009

On August 31, 2009, BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle Systems LP (Seeley, Texas) entered into a contract worth $13,977,529 to perform work on 64 Advanced Cabin Protection Kits, 65 Component Kits, 59 Soft Home Kits (possibly sleeper kits), 5 Spare Parts Kits for the HIMARS MLRS. Work was to be performed in Seeley, Texas. The estimated completion date is 9 October 2010. One price offer was requested and one price offer was received. Contractual obligations have been assigned to the Army Contracts Authority, Contract Management Centre, CCAM-TM-B (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-09-C-0623).

19 February 2010

On February 4, 2010, Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control Corporation (Grand Prairie, Texas) entered into a contract worth $26,884,609 to carry out work on the high-volume production of 5 (production number 5) of the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system, an option for 12 combat vehicles for Jordan. The works were to be performed in Grand Prairie (Texas, 40%) and East Camden (Arkansas, 60%). The estimated completion date is February 28, 2012. One quotation was requested and one price proposal was received. Contract obligations are assigned to the U.S. Army Contract Office, U.S. Army Aviation Systems and Missile Systems Contracting Center (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-08-C-0001).

23 June 2010

June 17, the corporation Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control - Dallas (Grand Priory, Texas) signed a contract worth $ 9,350,444. The scope of the contract includes work on a high-volume production of HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system in part of four replaceable elements of the cabin design with improved protection for the calculation numbers. Quantity - 200 pcs. The work was to be carried out at Redstone Arsenal (Alabama). Estimated completion date is February 28, 2012. One price offer was requested and one price offer was received. The contractual obligations are with the U.S. Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration Contracts Center, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (W31P4Q-08-C-0001).

29 June 2010

On June 24, BAE Systems (Seeley, Texas) signed a contract worth $24,859,697. The subject matter of the contract is to perform work on 130 chassis for HIMARS multiple rocket launchers with enhanced protection cabins for calculation numbers and armor elements. This is a change to the contract for 63 vehicles from the government, with the option to order an additional 67 vehicles. Work was to be performed in Seeley, Texas. Estimated completion date is 30 June 2011. One price proposal was requested and one price proposal was received. The Centre is contracted by the Tank and Vehicle Administration, Warren, Michigan (W56HZV-08-C-0460).

27 September 2010

On September 22, 2010, BAE Systems (Seeley, Texas) entered into a contract worth $16,352,665 to exercise 44 of the 67 options for the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher chassis with enhanced cabins to protect payload numbers and armour elements (armour plates). Work was to be performed in Seeley, Texas. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2011. One price offer was requested and one price offer was received. The Centre is contracted by the Tank and Automotive Administration (Warren, Michigan) (W56HZV-08-C-0460).    

29 September 2010

On September 22 BAE Systems (Seeley, Texas) signed a contract worth $16,352,655. The subject matter of the contract is the execution of 44 of 67 options for the chassis of HIMARS multiple rocket launcher combat vehicles with enhanced cabins to protect the calculation numbers and armor elements (armor plates). The work was to be performed in Seeley, Texas. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2011. One price offer was requested and one price offer was received. The Centre is contracted by the Tank and Automotive Administration (Warren, Michigan) (W56HZV-08-C-0460).  

20 December 2010

On December 16, Lockheed Martin (Grand Priory, Texas) signed a contract worth $28,583,522 / with additional funding. The scope of the contract was to provide support and maintenance services for the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system, control system modules, systems and artillery pieces assembled with transport and launch containers, as well as the M270A1 MLRS multiple rocket launcher fire control systems for the Army (ground forces), Marine Corps and approved customers under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The work was to be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas. The estimated completion date is December 31, 2011. One price offer was requested and one price offer was received. Contract obligations are with the U.S. Army Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons Administration (Huntsville (probably a typo, supposedly Redstone Arsenal), Alabama) Contracts Center (W31P4Q-08-C-0003).  

28 December 2010

On December 23, Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, signed a contract worth $139,635,485. The scope of the contract was to provide services for six high-volume production of the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system, including 44 combat vehicles, which were also to provide maintenance, training and support equipment. Work was to be carried out in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Camden, Arkansas. The estimated completion date is December 30, 2013. One quotation was requested and one quotation was received. Contract obligations are with the U.S. Army Contracts Office, Office of Aviation Systems and Missile Weapons (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-11-C-0101).

15 November 2013

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (Grand Prairie, Texas) has entered into a $17,658,738 contract to provide life support services to artillery units of MLRS and HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and HIMARS/BM M270A1 MLRS combat vehicle fire control systems. Presumed completion date is June 30, 2014. There are 35 working sites throughout the United States and funding was to be determined locally. One price offer was requested and one price offer was received. Procurement funding for fiscal year 2014 in the amount of $852,000 was available at the time the contract was awarded. The United States Army Contracts Management Office (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) (W31P4Q-14-C-0057) was contracted.

31 December 2015

Lockheed Martin Corp. (Grand Prairie, Texas, USA) awarded a $142,750,920 contract as part of the Foreign Military Sales Program to perform work on 12 HIMARS multiple rocket launchers with enhanced cabin protection, including sapphire clear armored glass. The contract includes training, spare parts, software and modifications for the United Arab Emirates. The procurement framework also provides for the synergistic procurement of spare parts for Jordan. The planned completion date is 30 December 2017. The United States Army Contracts Office (Redstone Arsenal, Alabama) is responsible for contractual obligations.

Forecast International data

Contracts/Orders and Opportunities

As of January 1, 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense has granted the following contracts for HIMARS M142 BM. All amounts are in US dollars.

Date Contract Contractor Amount Description
2010/02/04 W31P4Q-09-C-0001 Lockheed Martin 26 884 609 Large-volume production of HIMARS system No. 5, execution of option on 12 Jordanian combat vehicles
2010/05/13 W31P4Q-10-C-0270 Lockheed Martin 91 258 623 Replacement of the Long Term Purchase Order and the French Technical Contract for GMLRS, High Volume Production V
2010/05/17 W31P4Q-09-C-0623 BAE Systems 37 403 500 181 advanced armored cab for HIMARS MRX components and 181 MRX kit.
2010/06/17 W31P4Q-08-C-0001 Lockheed Martin 9 350 444 220 sets for modern armoured cabins of HIMARS MRVs
2010/06/24 W56HZV-08-C-0460 BAE Systems 24 859 697 130 chassis BM RZO HIMARS without or with improved armored cabins and armored kits
2010/07/12 W31P4Q-10-C-0270 Lockheed Martin 469 922 290 4770 GMLRS Unitary; 530 transport and launch containers with short range training rockets for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and foreign customers.
2010/09/22 W56HZV -08-C-0460 BAE Systems 16 352 665 Execution of 44 out of 67 options for HIMARS chassis without and with improved armoured cabins and armoured kits.
2010/12/16 W31P4Q-08-C-0003 Lockheed Martin 28 583 522 Technical support and maintenance services for all BM M142 HIMARS fire control systems and BM artillery pieces; BM M270A1 fire control systems for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and approved foreign military sales program customers.
21010/12/23 W31P4Q-11-C-0001 Lockheed Martin 139 635 485 6 HIMARS MRVs as part of a high-volume production, (44 combat vehicles, without and with maintenance, training and auxiliary equipment.

Procurement statistics of the BM RESO HIMARS (2008-2016 financial years)

  2008 2009 2010
  Quantity Costs Quantity Costs Quantity Costs
US Army Procurement
GMLRS URS 2 070 263,7 2 646 309,2 3 228 353,3
HIMARS RESO 57 225,1 57 227,5 46 208,4
HIMARS RSO upgrade kit - 10,5 - 33,1 - 70,9
U.S. Marine Corps Purchase
HIMARS RESO - 30,4 7 135,1 - 67,0
  2011 2012 2013
  Quantity Costs Quantity Costs Quantity Costs
US Army Procurement
GMLRS URS 2 592 291,0 2 994 333,2 2 796 322,7
HIMARS RESO 44 211,5 - 31,7 - 20,2
HIMARS RSO upgrade kit - 39,4 - 11,7 - 8,3
U.S. Marine Corps Purchase
HIMARS RESO - 167,8 - 25,2 - 6,7
  2014 2015 2016
  Quantity Costs Quantity Costs Quantity Costs
US Army Procurement
GMLRS URS 2 964 337,1 2 832 336,7 3 286 373,2
HIMARS RESO - 0,3 - 0,3 - 0,4
Upgrade kit for HIMARS RDC - 15,3 - 15,5 - 15,7
U.S. Marine Corps Purchase
HIMARS RESO - 6,9 - 7,0 - 7,1

All amounts are in millions of US dollars

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