Lockheed Martin Successfully Conducts Guidance Updgrade Testing With Improved Fuze For ATACMS Block IA Unitary
DALLAS, TX, 01-AUG-05 --
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently completed its third consecutive successful test of a new upgraded guidance and control system in conjunction with an improved fuze of the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) at White Sands Missile Range, NM.
The test successfully validated the new guidance upgrade and its interaction with an improved fuze which will be incorporated in the 2005 production line of ATACMS Block 1A Unitary missiles. The missile achieved all test objectives.
“This upgrade has proven to work well with the improved fuze, considerably increasing the reliability, accuracy and lethality of the Army ATACMS Block 1A Unitary Missiles,” said Scott Arnold, director - ATACMS Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The vertical impact capability and increased accuracy make ATACMS ideal for use when precision strike and limited collateral damage are important.”
The Army TACMS Unitary missile is a responsive, long-range missile with a blast fragmentation warhead fired from the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) family of launchers, including the MLRS M270A1 launcher and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
ATACMS was the first tactical surface-to-surface missile ever fired in combat by the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm. ATACMS is a combat-proven family of missiles which have most recently scored numerous successes during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It includes the Block I, Block IA, Block IA Unitary and the Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD) Penetrator.