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Lockheed wins $78 million contract to upgrade Army missile system

The Army Tactical Missile System provides long-range surface-to-surface strike capability.
The Army Tactical Missile System provides long-range surface-to-surface strike capability. Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin said it received a $78 million contract from the U.S. Army for upgrades to the Army Tactical Missile System.

The company, which has its Missiles and Fire Control unit based in Grand Prairie, said the program’s first phase will include flight tests with production set to begin in 2016. Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Camden, Ark., and Grand Prairie.

“ATACMS is extremely reliable and effective, and has proven itself over and over again in combat,” said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “These upgrades ensure ATACMS is ready to meet our customers’ needs now and in the future.”

Lockheed employs about 2,700 at its Missiles and Fire Control complex in Grand Prairie, mosrly in engineering and R&D functions. The unit also develops armored cars and robots.

- Steve Kaskovich

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