US: Lockheed Martin has won a USD 78 million contract from the US Army for upgrades to the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). The programme will take hardware from early-production ATACMS Block 1 missiles and develop an enhanced and affordable weapon system capable of eliminating targets without the risk of unexploded ordnance, which meets the US Army’s long-range precision strike requirement. The programme’s first phase will include flight tests, followed by production beginning in 2016. According to Ken Musculus, Vice President of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, ATACMS is extremely reliable and effective, and has proven itself over and over again in combat. The upgrades ensure ATACMS is ready to meet the user’s needs now and in the future.
Also known as the US Army’s only tactical long-range precision strike surface-to-surface weapon, ATACMS provides critical military capabilities. More than 560 ATACMS missiles have been fired in combat and the system has demonstrated extremely high rates of accuracy and reliability. Each ATACMS missile is packaged in a Guided Missile Launch Assembly pod and is fired from the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) family of launchers.
Source: Lockheed Martin