BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, San Jose, California, was awarded a $20,550,239 modification (P00187) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0099 for logistics support for the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). Work will be performed in San Jose, California, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 4, 2026. Fiscal 2019, 2020 and 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $20,550,239 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
The M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is an armored, self-propelled, multiple rocket launcher. MLRS was developed jointly by the United Kingdom, United States, West Germany, France and Italy, developed from the older General Support Rocket System (GSRS). Since the first M270s were delivered to the U.S. Army in 1983, the MLRS has been adopted by several NATO countries. Some 1,300 M270 systems have been manufactured in the United States and in Europe, along with more than 700,000 rockets. The production of the M270 ended in 2003.
In 2012, a contract was issued to improve the armor of the M270s and improve the fire control to the standards of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). In June 2015, the M270A1 conducted tests of firing rockets after upgrades from the Improved Armored Cab project, which provides the vehicle with an enhanced armored cab and windows. In early March 2021, Lockheed announced they had successfully fired an extended-range version of the GMLRS out to 80 km (50 mi), part of an effort to increase the rocket’s range to 150 km (93 mi).