Lockheed Martin [LMT] said it received a $255 million contract in late 2013 from the Army for Lot 9 production of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket.

The new allotment of rockets will be delivered to the Army, Marines and Italy, the company said March 13.

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Delivery will begin in April 2015 and the work will be done at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Camden, Ark., and Dallas, Texas.

GMLRS is an all-weather rocket designed for fast deployment that delivers precision strike beyond the reach of most conventional weapons.

Lockheed Martin said GMLRS Unitary rockets greatly exceed the required combat reliability rate and have established a reputation for affordability.

In combat operations, each GMLRS rocket is packaged in an MLRS launch pod and is fired from the Lockheed Martin HIMARS or M270 family of launchers.

GMLRS is an international cooperative program among the United States, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Other international customers include Japan, Jordan, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Lockheed Martin has produced more than 25,000 GMLRS rockets at its Camden facility.