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LockMart Unveils New Four-Mode Guidance Ground Launched Precision Strike Missile

File photo of an MLRS in action. The new P44 missile can be launched from an MLRS, including the combat-proven HIMARS (pictured).
by Staff Writers
Ft. Lauderdale FL (SPX) Mar 08, 2007
Lockheed Martin has unveiled P44, a company-funded effort to demonstrate a long range strike missile for quick precision strike against moving surface targets under any battlefield conditions without minimum range limitations. P44 - a 7-inch diameter 220-pound missile with an effective range from zero to more than 70 kilometers - is a next generation missile system.

It can be launched from an MLRS multiple launch platform, including the combat-proven HIMARS, the newest generation of highly-transportable multiple rocket launch platforms.

"Lockheed Martin has committed substantial internal funding to this development program to make an innovative new system available to our Army customer," said Glenn Kuller, director of Tactical Missiles Advanced Programs for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We believe that by coupling mature missile and seeker technology with the combat-proven HIMARS launcher, we can offer an affordable, low-risk, fast, precision-strike solution to the moving target problem, without additional equipment or force structure."

P44 was designed to respond to a gap in the ability to effectively engage and neutralize rapidly proliferating long-range artillery, particularly mobile rocket launchers.

"This gap against fleeting targets is difficult to fill using projected munitions. However, merging a fast boost-sustain motor, an adverse weather terminal seeker and HIMARS, will offer the Army a badly needed solution," said Kuller. "With P44, aggressors cannot hide behind the weather, nor can they escape."

With wings and fins folded, 10 P44s can be packaged into MLRS rocket pods with considerable margins for growth.

The four-mode P44 has Global Positioning System-aided inertial guidance; carries a mature tri-mode terminal seeker with semi-active laser (SAL) for designated targets; Doppler millimeter-wave radar (MMW) for weather penetration and detection of moving targets; and cooled imaging infrared (IIR) for imaging and discrimination. The projected warheads for P44 are either a 28-pound HELLFIRE II Metal Augmented Charge (MAC) or a 17-pound shaped charge with precursor.

Following successful wind tunnel tests and static firing of rocket motors, a Lockheed Martin P44 Ballistic Test Vehicle was successfully flown at the White Sands Missile Range, NM, on February 15, 2007. The missile was launched from a surrogate HIMARS launcher demonstrating designed-in compatibility with deployed force structure.

A P44 Control Test Vehicle (CTV) is planned later this spring that will further validate simulations and models. The CTV flight test will maneuver the airframe and confirm rocket motor performance and aeroballistics.

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