The US Army has selected Lockheed-Martin to carry out the development and
production of Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM) next generation
hypervelocity, man-portable, anti-tank weapon.
The CKEM weapon is being developed for deployment within the Future Combat
Systems (FCS). Lockheed-Martin is working on CKEM under a 36-month, $60 million
Advanced Technology Demonstration contract awarded in October 2003 by the US
Army. The company will now proceed as the sole contractor for the CKEM ATD
The CKEM ATD phase would be completed in 2006. Then a two-year System Design and
Development phase is expected to turn the CKEM demonstrator into a suitable
The CKEM is a 60 inches (1.5 meters) long, less than 100 pounds (45 kg) missile
intended for extended range direct fire, line-of-sight engagements replacing TOW
and other legacy systems in current use by the US Army.
Current plans call for CKEM to be deployed on US Army's HUMVEEs and then
transitioning to FCS vehicles as well as other vehicle families. The weapon
system will be able to defeat heavy armored vehicles, light armored vehicles,
bunkers, field fortifications, helicopters and crew-served weapons.
Lockheed-Martin's team members in the CKEM program are: ATK, Honeywell,
EaglePicher and Haigh-Farr.
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