Honeywell has been selected by Lockheed Martin to supply its control actuation system for Lockheed Martin’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Extended Range.
Work performed under the multiyear contract will enable rockets from Lockheed Martin’s advanced missile system to effectively control and steer their way over the battlefield at growing distances, eliminating mission-critical targets with less collateral damage and ensuring soldiers can remain farther from the fight for better safety.
“Honeywell’s leadership in missile guidance is earned through reliability and performance; however, additive manufacturing and innovative design practices are helping us stay ahead and meet the needs of Lockheed Martin,” said Stevan Slijepcevic, president, Mechanical Systems and Components, Honeywell Aerospace.
“We’ve seen excellent promise from additive manufacturing on the aerospace side with faster design and production, and now our defense products are better for it as well. We are able to reduce weight, remove costs and shorten the supply times so that our control actuation system is delivered to Lockheed Martin within affordability targets without compromising on performance or integrity.”
Honeywell’s control actuation system is essential to the reliable delivery of rockets. The system is composed of a control unit and four actuators that independently position fins placed around the rocket to improve its direction in flight.
As the battlefield continues to evolve for domestic and international military forces, the need to accurately place rockets at greater distances plays a bigger role in missions. Honeywell provides a range of solutions, from advanced inertial measurement units used for navigation in global positioning system satellite-denied environments to actuators that course correct a rocket in flight, to give military forces the most capable tools available to accomplish their mission and keep warfighters safe by placing them farther from conflict.