Lockheed Martin's ATACMS Block II Missile Performs Perfectly in Test at White Sands Missile Range
DALLAS, TX, November 13th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin's Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block II Missile performed perfectly in a test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., recently. The missile was launched with a test payload of three fully tactical Brilliant Anti-Armor Technology (BAT) submunitions, three flight data recorders and seven BAT simulants. The cold-conditioned ATACMS Block II Missile flew a long-range trajectory and dispensed the payload at the proper location. The government-furnished BATs, produced by Northrop Grumman, destroyed three selected target vehicles in a field of 20. Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 6-37 FA participated in the firing.
"The ATACMS missile continues to perform well," said Ron Abbott, vice president - Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "ATACMS' all-weather, 24-hour capability means that payloads are delivered whenever and wherever they're needed by our soldiers. ATACMS continues to prove itself over and over - these missiles offer commanders the strategic and operational advantage of precision long-range support."
As the Army continues to define the Unit of Employment 1 and 2, ATACMS will truly be the weapon system of choice to shape the battle space and provide troop protection. ATACMS is the Joint Commander's "24/7" weapon. Although air munitions are using INS/GPS guidance, they still have to be delivered by an air platform, such as ATACMS. "ATACMS missiles are the big arrows in the quiver of the battlefield commander," Abbott added.
The ATACMS 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 ATACMS-BAT Project Office. The contract was originally awarded to Lockheed Martin in July 1995. An LRIP contract was awarded in June 1999.
ATACMS is fired from the MLRS family of launchers, including the original M270, the M270 IPDS, the M270A1 and the new High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers. The M270, M270-IPDS and M270A1 launchers can carry two ATACMS missiles, or 12 MLRS rockets, in a full load. HIMARS carries a single ATACMS missile, or six MLRS rockets, and is C-130 transportable.