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GPS guides that missile home

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the U.S. Army again successfully tested the new Guided version of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. In this test, a Guided MLRS rocket, using Global Positioning System- (GPS) aided guidance, performed nominally.

The rocket was launched from an MLRS M270 Improved Position Determining System launcher, flew more than 70 kilometers to the target area and dispensed its submunition payloads.

Major test objectives included the successful launch of the rocket from the launcher, nominal motor performance, tail fin deployment and spin rate evaluation, and navigation performance. Preliminary data indicate that all test objectives were successfully achieved.

This was the final engineering and development test in a series of six. The EDT tests continue to meet or exceed all performance requirements.

The Guided MLRS rocket program is an international cooperative program between the U.S., U.K., Italy, France and Germany.

The Guided MLRS rocket incorporates a GPS-aided inertial guidance package integrated on a product-improved rocket body. Additionally, small canards on the Guided rocket nose will provide basic maneuverability and enhance the accuracy of the system. Guided MLRS initial operational capability is scheduled for CY ’05.

Guided MLRS is the next major step in the evolution of the MLRS Family of Munitions, offering advanced capabilities, reduced logistics support and precision attack. The rocket will have a range of approximately 60+ kilometers.