The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The contract also covers associated training, spares, and planned enhancement and product improvement modifications.
Lockheed Martin will perform the work at its Grand Prairie facility in Texas, aiming for completion by the end of 2020.
The US State Department approved the FMS of 54 HIMARS launchers to Romania in August 2017. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement at the time valued the sale at USD1.25 billion, including related support and equipment.
In addition to 54 HIMARS launchers, Romania has requested 162 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) warheads, 54 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), 30 Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, and 24 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), in addition to 30 Humvees and logistics vehicles.
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