Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: M39A3
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: ATACMS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989
Maiden Flight: 26 April 1988
Total Production: 3,924
Family Members: ATACMS Block I, ATACMS Block IA, ATACMS Block IA Unitary, ATACMS Block II and Modernized TACMS
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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-P (Penetrator) is a special derivative of the ATACMS missile. It will integrate an ATACMS booster with a Navy reentry vehicle resulting in an improved capability to destroy hard and deeply-buried targets. The Earth Penetrating Warhead (EPW) is the key element for this new tactical missile system. The ATACMS-P or TACMS-P will be fully compatible with the M270/A1 rocket-artillery system and will have an effective range of 220 km. The flight test program was concluded in August 2005 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

ATACMS-P Applications

Artillery Systems M142 HIMARS M270 MLRS M270A1 MLRS

ATACMS-P Specifications

Diameter: 610 millimeter (24.0 inch)
Length: 4 meter (157 inch)
Max Range: 220 kilometer (119 nautical mile)
Min Range: 140 kilometer
Service Life: 20 year
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
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There are 3 news between
16 Jun 2005 and 29 Mar 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016Lockheed Martin Restarts Production of ATACMS Tactical Ballistic Missile System
Monday, August 15, 2005ATACMS Penetrator Completes Final Flight Test
Thursday, June 16, 2005HIMARS Rocket Launcher Fielded

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