Lockheed’s Grand Prairie division brings home $1.13 billion guided rocket contract

Lockheed’s Grand Prairie division brings home $1.13 billion guided rocket contract

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Lockheed Martin will build guided rockets for Poland, Bahrain and Romania under a $1.13 billion contract awarded to its Grand Prairie-based missiles and fire control division.

The foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Army means added job stability and growth at the division that now employs 3,500 people in North Texas, said Lockheed spokesman Joe Stout.

Lockheed will produce 12,500 rockets and related equipment for its guided multiple launch rocket system at its facilities in Camden, Ark.; Grand Prairie and Lufkin; and Ocala, Fla., by July 2021.

"The demand for GMLRS rounds, both domestically and internationally, continues to remain strong based on the excellent performance of the munition," Gaylia Campbell, Lockheed’s vice president of precision fires and combat maneuver systems, said in a statement.

In combat operations, guided rockets are packaged and fired from Lockheed’s mobile launch vehicles. The system was established as a cooperative program with U.S. allies.

Stout said the Grand Prairie division has added about 800 employees in the last two years. It has also landed a recent series of lucrative government contracts, including a $1.8 billion deal in December to produce patriot missiles.

The Bethesda, Md., company, the world’s largest defense contractor, won contracts from the U.S. government totaling $50.7 billion in 2017. One of its marquee projects is the F-35 joint strike fighter, which is assembled at Lockheed’s massive Fort Worth plant.

Lockheed’s 2018 revenue totaled $53.8 billion, with 28 percent coming from international customers and foreign military sales contracted by the U.S. government. The missiles and fire control division accounted for $8.5 billion in revenue last year.

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