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    Lockheed Martin Wins Multimillion US Army Contract for 7,358 Hellfire Missiles

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    The US Department of Defense announced that Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly $548 million to manufacture and deliver 7,358 Hellfire II air-to-ground tactical missiles.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly $548 million to manufacture and deliver 7,358 Hellfire II air-to-ground tactical missiles, the US Department of Defense announced in a press release on Thursday.

    "Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $547,934,477 modification to a contract for a Hellfire II missile production requirement that consists of 7,358 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers, in various air-to ground missiles models," the release said on Thursday.

    The Hellfire II is a precision-strike laser guided missile system, according to information published on Lockheed Martin's website.

    It is capable of passing through enemy electro-optical defenses to destroy advanced armor and urban targets.

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