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Aerojet three-peat: Company flying high this week

HUNTSVILLE — It’s been a newsworthy week for Aerojet Rocketdyne in Huntsville.

The most recent development came Wednesday when the company announced the development of an advanced propulsion solution for the Long Range Maneuverable Fires missile Lockheed Martin is developing for the Army.

The LRMF missile is a precision fires missile that will launch from Army launchers, such as HIMARS, to engage targets at ranges that significantly exceed those of the Precision Strike Missile baseline.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion has powered U.S. Army systems for decades, and we look forward to leveraging that experience and our talented workforce to develop next-generation missiles with significantly extended range,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “In addition to providing soldiers the edge in offensive operations, this extended range missile will serve as a powerful deterrent, promising effective strike capabilities from long ranges.”

The LRMF program uses a multi-phased development approach; the current phase focuses on design and risk-reduction activities.

On Monday, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced it completed the qualification static fire test of the eSR-19, an advanced large solid rocket motor.

Tuesday, the company announced it was awarded a two-year, $23.8 million contract by Lockheed Martin to provide motors for the Javelin missile.

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