The contract includes developing production-line tooling, test equipment and manufacturing processes for initial production of the projectile, the company said.
To support ground troops from standoff distances, LRLAP will be fired from the Advanced Gun System aboard the U.S. Navy’s new DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. LRLAP, which is 5 inches in diameter, is three times more lethal than traditional 5-inch naval ballistic rounds, and its accuracy, aided by a GPS-based guidance system, will reduce the risk of civilian casualties, according to Lockheed Martin. The Navy plans to begin fielding LRLAP in 2016.
The Navy once hoped to build as many as 32 DDG-1000s, but it reduced the planned buy to only three ships due to cost overruns. It will instead expand its fleet of DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
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