Lockheed-Martin Corporation has announced that its Army Tactical Missile System
(ATACMS) Block IA Unitary missile successfully completed the first of two flight
tests intended to demonstrate a new upgraded guidance and control system as well
as new flight software.
This test took place at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on September 30.
All test objectives were met as planned. The new guidance package will allow a
vertical impact trajectory and improve accuracy through the use of an improved
Global Positioning System (GPS) capability. The second test is scheduled for the
fourth quarter 2004.
new guidance and control system will allow to fly over obstacles, such as
mountainous terrain and/or buildings, and then dive vertically to precisely
engage targets. In this first test, ATACMS Block IA Unitary utilized an angled
descent. This angled descent attack profile is suitable for engagements in urban
terrain, which are more common in modern warfare scenarios such as Iraq.
To date, Lockheed-Martin has manufactured more than 80 ATACMS Block IA Unitary
missiles and is under contract to deliver around 200 additional missiles to the
US Army. The improved guidance and control system will be incorporated into new
production Block IA Unitary missiles beginning in early 2005.
The Block IA Unitary missile is the latest addition to ATACMS family of tactical
ballistic munitions and was combat proven by joint US military services
during operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The missile can engage high-payoff, time
sensitive targets out to 300 kilometers with limited collateral damage thanks to
the unitary burst warhead. It can be fired from both the M270A1 MLRS and the
HIMARS Artillery Systems.
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