Lockheed Martin plans in mid-2019 to conduct the first engineering development flights of its extended-range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS), a company spokesperson told reporters on 10 October at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference.
ER GMLRS’ qualification flights are expected in 2020 and production could start in 2021, the spokesperson said.
The extended-range variant increased the motor size (with an increased diameter for more propellant volume), has a 15 m minimum range, 150 km max range, and a redesigned tail for manoeuvrability, the spokesperson said. The legacy GMLRS reaches out to 70 km.
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