With its most recent delivery, Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies company, has completed its current contract to provide specialized carbon fiber cases to Boeing for the Focused Lethality Munition (FLM), a weapon that is proven to reduce collateral damage on the battlefield. The case delivery, combined with previous production contracts, brings the total number of cases delivered by Aerojet Rocketdyne over time to well over 1,000.
“We are proud of our talented team whose expertise helped develop the FLM, reduced costs and expanded military capabilities,” said Tyler Evans, President of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Missile Solutions sector. “This critical technology allows for greater protection of and support for U.S. ground forces, allies and civilians.”
The cases were produced at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) in Huntsville, Alabama, at nearly triple the production rate of previous years.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has worked for two decades to advance composite-case weapons technology. The company’s carbon fiber winding process creates the guided weapon’s case -- minimizing fragments in the bomb’s proximity while focusing the lethality to its target in a smaller footprint.
A variant of the Small Diameter Bomb-1, the FLM was collaboratively developed by the U.S. Air Force, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing and Lawrence Livermore National Labs. By providing a standoff range of more than 60 nautical miles, the FLM allows aircrews to engage threats in combat with pinpoint precision and accuracy. FLM provides swift aid to troops in harm’s way and reduces the risk to nearby U.S. and allied forces as well as noncombatants.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, an L3Harris Technologies company, has delivered more than 1,000 proprietary carbon fiber cases for the U.S. Air Force’s Focused Lethality Munition
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