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Also Known As: M39A3
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-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.
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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