Military Embedded Systems

Hypersonic weapon system capability contract signed between Lockheed Martin, U.S. Army


May 20, 2024

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Artist notional rendering of the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon: Courtesy Lockheed Martin

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. Lockheed Martin won a contract with the U.S. Army -- worth $756 million -- to deliver additional capability for the U.S.'s ground-based hypersonic weapon system, the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW).  

Under the terms of the new contract, Lockheed Martin will supply the Army with additional LRHW battery equipment, systems and software engineering support, and logistics solutions. The company announcement notes that Lockheed Martin initially delivered equipment for the first LRHW battery, colloquialy called Dark Eagle, to U.S. soldiers in 2021.

LRHW is the first of a new class of ultrafast and maneuverable long-range hypersonic missiles that can launch from ground mobile platforms and can travel as much as 1,725 miles The LRHW weapon system is designed to launch the common hypersonic All Up Round (AUR) – provided by the U.S. Navy-managed Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) program – and includes the Army canister, a battery operations center, and transporter erector launchers. 

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