The U.S. Army said it awarded Lockheed Martin two contracts worth $521 million combined, in order to replenish U.S. stocks of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) supplied to Ukraine.
The service on Oct. 21 and Nov. 2 issued contracts funded by Congress’ supplemental appropriation to support Ukraine.
"These awards demonstrate the significant impact GMLRS are having on the battlefield as a vital combat capability for our international partners,” Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William A. LaPlante said. “They are great examples of contracting approaches we are using to more rapidly accelerate award timelines and ultimately deliver capability.”
The Army is reportedly using multiple methods to accelerate contracts that will replenish supplies heading to Ukraine. The GMLRS procurement is part of the Ukraine Supplemental appropriation.
“This award enables us to replenish our own inventory while providing critical capabilities for our allies and international partners,” said Douglas R. Bush, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. “We remain committed to getting things on contract as quickly as possible to ensure our stocks are rapidly replenished.”
This effort was led by the Army's Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, in partnership with components across the DoD.
Lockheed Martin also won a $179 million contract earlier this fall to replace High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), that are also being sent to Ukraine, along with an order of GMLRS.