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US clears sale of GMLRS AW rockets to Jordan

Jordan GMLRS contract
US Army file photo of a HIMARS GMLRS launch

The US State Department has approved a potential sale of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternate Warhead rockets to Jordan for an estimated $70 million.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the Congress of the potential sale on February 8.

Jordan requested to buy 114 GMLRS Unitary High Explosive (HE) Tri-Mode Fuze (GMLRS-U) (M31) rockets, and 114 Reduced Range Practice Rockets (RRPR).

Also included in the deal would be support equipment, personnel training and equipment, and systems integration support.

“The proposed sale will improve Jordan’s capability to meet current and future threats on its borders and provide greater security for its economic infrastructure. This sale will provide Jordan with a long-range precision artillery support capability that will significantly improve US-Jordan interoperability and provide for the defense of vital installations. Jordan will have no difficulty absorbing these additional systems into its armed forces,” A DSCA statement said.

Should the deal be concluded, the principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control.

GMLRS is a surface-to-surface rocket used to attack, neutralize, suppress and destroy targets using indirect precision fires up to 70-plus km. GMLRS munitions have greater accuracy than ballistic rockets with a higher probability of kill and a reduced logistics footprint. The current GMLRS family of munitions consists of three fielded variants: Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM) and the Alternative Warhead (AW) variants to service area targets; and the Unitary variant with a single 200-pound-class high-explosive charge to service point targets with low collateral damage. GMLRS is employed with the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System and M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers.

Jordan uses HIMARS systems to employ GMLRS.