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ATACMS Block I
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
26 April 1988
Also Known As: M39 and MGM-140
Origin: United States of America
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Description: The ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) is a theater short range ballistic missile launched form the M270 MLRS and/or HIMARS artillery systems. It provides attack capability beyond the range of current howitzer and rocket systems. Each M270 artillery system can accommodate up to two Army TACMS missiles replacing 12 227mm rockets, six rockets per TACMS. TACMS is specially well suited to attack high payoff, time sensitive targets. The ATACMS ballistic missile was employed for the first time in 1991 during the Gulf War military campaign in Kuwait and Iraq. The US Army has great confidence in the TACMS family of tactical missiles which provide long range, precision attack against a wide range of targets.
The ATACMS Block I carries 950 M74 anti-personnel/anti-materiel submunitions and has an estimated range of 165 km. Block I guidance system consists of a ring laser gyro.
ATACMS Block I Applications
ATACMS Block I Specifications
Number of Stages: 1
Number of Submunitions: 950
Diameter: 610 millimeter (24.0 inch)
Length: 4 meter (157 inch)
Max Range: 165 kilometer (89 nautical mile)
Service Life: 20 year
Weight: 1,675 kilogram (3,693 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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ATACMS Block I News
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16 Jun 2005 and 20 Mar 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018US Army Developing Hypersonic Artillery SystemsTuesday, February 28, 2017US Army to Retire All M39 and M39A1 ATACMS Ballistic Missiles After 2018Monday, February 20, 2017Modernized TACMS Tactical Ballistic Missile Successfully Test FiredMonday, December 12, 2016Modernized TACMS Missile Repeats Success in Second Flight TestTuesday, November 8, 2016First Modernized TACMS Missile Successfully Engages Target with Extreme AccuracyWednesday, October 26, 2016China to Offer the DF-12 Tactical Ballistic Missile System for the Export MarketWednesday, September 28, 2016US Army Takes Delivery of First Modernized TACMS MissileWednesday, March 16, 2016Raytheon to Offer Replacement for US Army's ATACMS Tactical Ballistic MissileWednesday, January 7, 2015US Army Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for ATACMS Tactical Ballistic Missiles ModernizationWednesday, May 18, 2011Finnish Army to Upgrade 22 M270 MLRS Rocket Artillery Systems Precision Fires Capability
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