Lockheed-Martin has announced that the Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM) was
tested successfully for the first time at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The test demonstrated multiple CKEM components feasibility in an operational
environment. CKEM will provide Future Combat Systems (FCS) with the capability
to defeat any current and future ground armored threats protected with APSs or
The CKEM is the next generation hypervelocity anti-tank missile. The current
prototype is 60 inches (1.52 m) long and weighs less than 100 pounds (45 kg).
Its extended range will make possible to engage line-of-sight targets, while
providing FCS infantry companies a weapon able to kill any armored vehicle with
a single shot and a near fire and forget capability.
The CKEM System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase is scheduled to begin
in Fiscal Year 2006. According to current plans, CKEM weapon system will be
fielded within US Army Stryker Interim Brigades along with FCS units.
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