Lockheed Martin Delivers First Army TACMS Block II Missile
DALLAS, TX, 03-DEC-01 --
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control delivered the first Army Tactical Missile System (Army TACMS) Block II Missile to the U.S. Army on November 26 in a ceremony at its facility in near El Paso. This marks the first low-rate initial production missiles delivered to the U.S. Army. Exactly four months before, on July 26, the 500th Army TACMS Block IA Missile was delivered to the U.S.Army.
The Block II Missile is a responsive autonomous system developed to attack moving armored combat vehicles, said Ron Abbott, vice president - Fire Support programs for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. The Army TACMS Block II provides a much needed deep-strike capability to the Army battlefield commander.
The Block II missile has a range of more than 80 miles (128 km). The missile is being developed under a manufacturing development contract for the U.S. Army TACMS/BAT Project Office. The contract was originally awarded to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in July 1995. A Low-Rate Initial Production contract was awarded in June 1999.
Employing more than 8,500 people, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with additional base operations in Orlando, Fla., and manufacturing and assembly facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif., Chelmsford, Mass., Camden, Ark., Horizon City and Lufkin, Texas, Ocala, Fla., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and Troy, Ala. The company is a business unit of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Bethesda, Md.