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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Hellfire II missile production


Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $663,728,183 modification to contract W31P4Q-18-C-0130 for Hellfire II missile production.

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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Hellfire II missile production AGM-114 Hellfire II (Picture source: US Army)


The AGM-114 HELLFIRE Family of Missiles includes the HELLFIRE II and Longbow HELLFIRE Missiles. HELLFIRE II is a precision strike, Semi-Active Laser (SAL)-guided missile and is the principal air-to-ground weapon for the Army AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Special Operations aircraft, Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra, and Air Force Predator and Reaper UAS.

The SAL HELLFIRE II missile is guided by laser energy reflected off the target. It has three warhead variants: a dual-warhead, shaped-charge, high-explosive anti-tank capability for armored targets (AGM-114K); a blast fragmentation warhead for urban, patrol boat and other “soft” targets (AGM-114M); and a metal-augmented charge warhead (AGM-114N) for urban structures, bunkers, radar sites, communications installations and bridges.

Beginning in 2012, a HELLFIRE II multipurpose warhead variant (AGM-114R) became available to the warfighter and allows selection of warhead effects corresponding to a specific target type. The AMG-114R is capable of being launched from Army rotary-wing and UAS platforms and provides the pilot increased operational flexibility.

 

Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2020 missile procurement, Army funds; and fiscal 2019, 2020 and 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $663,728,183 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.