Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Army Extends Lockheed's Hellfire Contract

Above: Ordnance technicians with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, load a Hellfire missle onto an AH-1W Super Cobra at Al Asad Air Base in March

Last month, Army forces in Iraq had an urgent need for one of the 15 variants of Hellfire missiles that Lockheed Martin supports under its contract with the Army.

A contract option to cover the work was quickly approved, and Lockheed Martin was able to convert the first 100 missiles this month so they could be transported to troops in Iraq. The task was completed in less than 30 days.

"The flexibility of this contract allows the government to respond quickly to war fighter needs," said Brian Vogt, Hellfire program senior manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Read the rest at the Washignton Post