Lockheed Martin has completed a set of developmental and operational flight tests on the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System as part of the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the Defense Department‘s Alternative Warhead Program.
The company said Monday that the tests held at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico included rockets fired from mid- and long-range at simulated targets as Lockheed prepares for an initial operational test and evaluation this fall.
“With actual soldiers at the controls in realistic battlefield conditions, the team achieved all of the mission objectives,” said Ken Musculus, vice president of tactical missiles at Lockheed’s missiles and fire control segment.
According to Lockheed, the $79.4 million Alternative Warhead Program aims to develop a weapon that reduces the risk of unexploded ordnance and meets the cluster-munitions policy of DoD.
Subcontractor ATK is developing the alternative warhead for Lockheed.