Lockheed Martin has received a $161 million production contract from the U.S. Army for the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile.
The contract calls for the production of 150 ATACMS missiles as part of the ATACMS Service Life Extension Program. The missiles will be produced at Lockheed Martin’s Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas.
“The ATACMS Service Life Extension Program takes existing missiles and refurbishes them, resetting their shelf life,” said Scott Greene, vice president of Precision Fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “ATACMS provides the combatant commanders with critical, deep-strike capability to service high-value targets in all weather conditions.”
As part of the U.S. Army’s ATACMS Service Life Extension Program, the modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes ATACMS Block 1 and 1A warheads, replacing them with new unitary warheads. The process also resets the missile’s 10+ year shelf life.
MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) is a surface-to-surface missile (SSM) manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It has a range of over 160 kilometres (100 mi), with solid propellant, and is 4.0 metres (13 ft) high and 610 millimetres (24 in) in diameter.
It is the U.S. Army’s only tactical long-range, deep precision-strike surface-to-surface weapon system.
The missile can be fired from multiple rocket launchers, including the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), and M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). Each missile is packaged in a Guided Missile Launch Assembly pod. The launch container has a lid patterned with six circles like a standard MLRS rocket lid.
Lockheed Martin has produced more than 3,800 ATACMS missiles, with more than 20 years of on-time deliveries. More than 600 of them have been fired in combat, and the system has demonstrated extremely high rates of accuracy and reliability while in the theater.
The first use of the system in a combat capability was during Operation Desert Storm, where a total of 32 were fired from the M270 MLRS. During the Operation Iraqi Freedom, more than 450 missiles were fired.